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FG, Labour and PD hypocrisy over northern representation in Dáil exposed on EU Day

10 May, 2006

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon during EU Day, Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, accused Fine Gael, Labour and the PDs of "gross hypocrisy" over the welcome they gave to EU Commissioner, Marian Fischer Boel, to debate in the Dáil chamber while they have rejected proposals to allow for northern representation in the Dáil.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Isn’t it deeply ironic that an unelected political appointee, Commissioner Marian Fischer Boel, was here speaking today and taking part in a political debate at the invitation of people like John Deasy and his Party leader Enda Kenny and supported by the Labour Party and the Progressive Democrats.  Ironic and hypocritical.

"Today’s exercise, while marginally useful terms of the EU and Agriculture, really highlighted in a dramatic way the gross hypocrisy of Enda Kenny, Pat Rabbitte and Mary Harney and their respective parties who have been venomous in their opposition to affording the same right to democratically elected representatives of Irish people living in the north-eastern six counties of this country."

Speaking later Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "So now that we have had EU day and everybody involved seems to be exceptionally pleased with themselves - can we now look forward and finally agree to regular All-Ireland Days based on the proposals previously brought forward by the Taoiseach allowing for northern representation in the Dáil?" ENDS

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