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Sinn Féin MEPs to join EU committees on Employment and Social Affairs and Regional Policy

27 July, 2004

Sinn Féin MEPs Bairbre de Brún (6 Counties) and Mary Lou McDonald (Dublin) have today said that they will 'advance Sinn Féin's agenda for change on EU committees in Brussels.'

Both Ms de Brún and Ms McDonald announced the EU Committees which they will sit on during the Parliament's current term of office: Employment and Social Affairs (Mary Lou McDonald), Regional Policy (Bairbre de Brún), LIBE (Citiizens freedom and rights, justice and home affairs, Substitute Committee) and ENVI (Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy, Substitute Committee)

Both MEPs were speaking as they prepared to travel to Brussels today:

"Committee representation will ensure that we can further advance our agenda for change at EU level. The Employment Committee will allow us to lobby vigorously against privatisation within the EU, especially in the crucial areas of education and health. We will also continue to propose legislation within the EU towards safeguarding workers rights.

"In the area of Regional Policy, Sinn MEPs will work towards a programme of rural regeneration to revitalise rural Irish communities. We will also seek to expand upon the all Ireland agenda.

"These committees present Sinn Féin with the opportunity to advance our agenda for change within the EU. We will work constructively with a broad alliance of people to bring about the positive changes required both in Ireland and throughout the EU."ENDS

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