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Sinn Féin calls on Irish government to oppose nomination of Paul Wolfowitz to lead World Bank - Mary Lou McDonald

25 March, 2005

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has today called upon the Irish Government to oppose the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz as the US nominee to lead the World Bank. It has emerged that he will meet European economy and aid ministers in Luxembourg on March 30, the day before his likely approval for the job.

Ms McDonald said today that Mr Wolfowitz was a man with 'no experience in economics, development or dealing with the eradication of poverty'.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

"Sinn Féin is opposed to the appointment of Mr Wolfowitz as the next President of the World Bank. Mr Wolfowitz is a man with no experience in economics, development or dealing with the eradication of poverty. Indeed, a petition by development agencies calling on governments to reject Mr Wolfowitz was signed by over 1300 development organizations and individuals in 68 countries. There is considerable consternation amongst the NGO sector at this nomination.

"I am calling upon this government to oppose the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz. This man was one of the main architects of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. To place him at the head of the World Bank would be a further extension of US Foreign Policy, and the further politicization of that body.

"In line with our European election promise in 2004, Sinn Féin pledged to use the European Parliament to advance a global justice agenda and the advancement of a fairer world. The World Bank does not need a neo-conservative; it requires someone who is committed to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals on global poverty reduction and a long term strategy to promote a more equal world." ENDS

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