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Sinn Fein MEPs vote in election for EU Parliament President

20 July, 2004


Sinn Fein MEPs Bairbre de Brun (6 counties) and Mary Lou McDonald (Dublin) attended the inaugural session of the EU Parliament this morning, to vote in the election for the President of the EU Parliament. Both Ms de Brun and Ms McDonald described their attendance at the inaugural session of the EU Parliament as a 'significant occasion for Sinn Fein, and an opportunity to bring our vision for positive change in Ireland and throughout Europe to this political institution'.

Speaking after the voting at this mornings session, both MEPs said:

"We are both pleased to be here at the inaugural session of the European Parliament. This is a significant occasion for Sinn Fein, and an opportunity to bring our vision for positive change in Ireland and throughout Europe to this political institution.

"Yesterday morning we made a positive contribution to the first session of the EU Parliament when we voted for the GUE/NGL group leader Francis Wurtz for the position of President of the EU Parliament.

"Josep Borrell, the nominee from the Socialist grouping was elected on the first count . We wish Mr Borrell success as the new EU Parliament President. Sinn Fein MEPs are commited to working across groupings and building alliances with those who share our vision for an alternative EU built upon equality, social justice and the protection of workers rights.

"We are committed to bringing about real social and political change within the EU Parliament and will work right across the political spectrum in the coming weeks and months ahead to achieve these objectives. ENDS

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