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Sinn Féin MEPs in plea for strong legislation to protect health ahead of key vote in EU Parliament

16 November, 2005

Sinn Féin MEPs Bairbre de Brún and Mary Lou McDonald have this afternoon called for strong legislation to protect workers, consumers and the environment.

Both Sinn Féin MEPs made their call on the eve of tomorrow's vote in the European Parliament on the 'Registration,Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals' legislation (REACH) proposals. The legislation aims to increase the level of knowledge about chemical substances placed on the market and to ensure substances are used safely at all stages in their lifecycle.

Speaking prior to the vote Bairbre de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin is in favour of strong REACH legislation which would protect workers, the general public and the environment from the negative effects of chemical substances. What we want to see is the proper labeling, registration and authorisation for the use of chemical products, many of which are in daily usage around the home and in the workplace.

"Tomorrow's vote is an opportunity to promote an approach which is both health conscious and friendly to the environment. Millions of people from all across Europe are depending on us to take the necessary positive measures to improve their daily lives. We must not let them down.

Mary Lou McDonald said:

"Whilst it is clear that there are those who want to water down the legislation, both we will be calling for maximum protection for the environment and public health. Every one of us comes into contact with chemical substances on a daily basis. People need to know that the products they are using are not having negative effects on their health and well-being." ENDS

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