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McCreevy must abandon right-wing, anti-social legacy of time in Finance

7 October, 2004


Commenting in advance of the European Parliament Hearings for Commissioner Designate for the Internal Market and Services, Charlie McCreevy, which is taking place in Brussels today, Thursday October 7th, Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald expressed her hope that Mr. McCreevy's tenure as EU Commissioner would not be a repeat of the right-wing, anti-social agenda he pursued in Ireland as Minister for Finance. She said "an opportunity exists for the incoming Commission to move to a more socially inclusive European Union, dedicated to ending poverty both inside and outside its borders."

Ms McDonald said, "There are some who would argue that Charlie McCreevy was removed from his position of Minister for Finance by the Taoiseach because he had become an electoral liability for the Government. Whatever the reason, it is clear that his vice like grip on the purse strings when it came to social spending, coupled with his penchant for pouring money in to his personal pet projects, caused considerable unease in Fianna Fáil backbenches and among its grassroots membership.

"However his appointment as an EU Commissioner raises some serious questions. I would hope that if he is confirmed as EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services that he will abandon the right-wing, anti-social agenda he pursued in Ireland as Minister for Finance.

"An opportunity exists for the incoming Commission to move away from a Europe currently obsessed with markets to a more socially inclusive European Union, dedicated to ending poverty both inside and outside its borders.

"Mr. McCreevy would do not only a great service to Ireland but to the wider European Union if he adopted such an agenda." ENDS

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