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MEP addresses Oireachtas as government stalls on northern representation

23 February, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today urged the Taoiseach to press ahead with proposals for Northern Representation in the Oireachtas.

Ms de Brún made her comments before she attended an Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Affairs at Leinster House today, where she will encourage the Irish Government to reject the European Services Directive.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

“Sinn Féin is committed to the principle and practice of Northern MPs participating in the work of the Houses of the Oireachtas. Foot dragging by the Taoiseach has ensured that Irish citizens in the six counties remain disenfranchised and excluded from much of the political life of the nation.

“Only last week the Taoiseach back tracked on his commitment to move on this important issue.

“It is deeply ironic that as an MEP for the people of the six counties I am entitled to address the Oireachtas, yet my 18 Westminster colleagues are not. As Irish Republicans we strive to see our electorate treated with equality and respect.

"It is unacceptable that they continue to be seen as strangers in their own land.

“It is time for people to think outside of the box. Partition has failed and Sinn Féin is working to bring about new political realities on the island and to advance the dynamics of all-Ireland politics.” ENDS

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