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David Cullinane selected as Munster EU candidate

6 September, 2003

Sinn Féin representative for Waterford David Cullinane was this afternoon selected as the party's Munster candidate in next year's European elections. Speaking following the convention Mr. Cullinane said:

"I am delighted to have been selected as the party's candidate for Munster and will be building on the foundations laid by the previous candidate Martin Ferris. Over the last five years Sinn Féin has gone from strength to strength in Munster. Our success in the local and general elections shows that our agenda for change - in terms of the peace process, rural regeneration, the environment and the direction of the European Union - is popular.

"The public debate on the European Union during the two referendums on the Nice Treaty and indeed the deliberations of the National Forum on Europe have reflected significant public disquiet about the political character of the EU. People the length and breath of the country have demonstrated an appetite to engage, challenge and exert their influence on the shape and direction of the EU.

"With deliberations on the draft new EU Constitution well under way it is essential that the voices of those, who are concerned about the direction of what is the most radical reassessment of the EU political project to date, continue to be heard.

"Sinn Féin politics are about democracy, equality, the rights of citizens and of nations.   We are the radical alternative to the failed politics of the establishment parties who have been invisible for so long in Europe. Our campaign begins here in Munster today. We will be taking the debate on the EU Presidency, the new draft EU Constitution and the re-formulation of CAP to towns and villages throughout Munster. We are campaigning to make a real difference and to see an all Ireland Sinn Féin team returned to Europe."ENDS

Profile of David Cullinane

David Cullinane is the Sinn Féin representative for Waterford and is a member of the party's Ard Chomhairle. He is also keenly involved in Munster Sinn Féin and is a leading player in its re-development.

He played a leading role in the first and second Nice Treaty referendum campaigns and is involved in the campaign to secure a radiotherapy unit in the South East.

David was educated at St Pauls Community College Lisduggan and later at the Dublin Institute of Technology studying management. He is currently employed as Assistant Spare Parts Manager at Autoboland Garage Waterford.

David is actively involved in community development. He is a Director and Management Committee member of the Larchville & Lisduggan Community Development Project. David is a committee member of Waterford Against Racism, a broad-based group set up to combat racism.

He was the party's candidate for Waterford in the 2002 General Election and received 2,955 votes.

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