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Latest comments from Buttiglione confirm his unworthiness as Justice Commissioner

18 October, 2004

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has today reiterated her calls for the incoming EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Rocco Buttiglione to voluntarily step down from his position after yet more inflammatory comments made at the weekend.

Mr Buttiglione was quoted as saying that children who only have a mother and no father were 'the children of a not very good mother.'

Speaking this morning Ms McDonald said:

"If Mr Buttiglione's intentions are to keep a high profile before he becomes EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security on November 1st 2004 then he is doing an excellent job. Many people will be dismayed by Signor Buttiglione's latest comments, the most recent in a long litany of disgraceful comments.

"To question the integrity of single mothers, many of whom struggle to cope financially and socially is another outrageous comment from a man who is not fit to be EU Justice Commissioner.

"How can Mr Buttiglione have any credibility to implement a programme of social justice within the EU, when he clearly believes in excluding and demonising some of the most vulnerable peoples within our society. I wish to reiterate my call for a progressive European Justice Commissioner who can promote a socially inclusive EU. Unfortunately, Mr Buttiglione does not seem to be the right person for the job."ENDS

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