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Adams - Make poverty history

29 June, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has urged people across Ireland to support the Make Poverty History rally in Dublin on Thursday 30th June at 6.30pm. He said that this rally would send a strong message to G8 leaders meeting in Scotland next week and would help put the issue high on the political agenda in Ireland.

Mr. Adams will be taking part in the Make Poverty History rally in Dublin on Thursday evening and will be accompanied by Martin McGuinness MP, Mary Lou McDonald MEP and TDs Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Sean Crowe.

Mr. Adams said:

"Next week, as the G8 leaders meet in Scotland, hundreds of thousands of people will travel there to increase the momentum to make poverty history.

"The eradication of poverty is achievable. It requires those governments who signed up to the Millennium Declaration five years ago to keep to their commitments. It requires the provision of more aid, better targeted and sustained. It requires fair trade not unrestricted free trade that favours the richest countries and punishes the poorest.

"If money used to pay off foreign debt was diverted back into health and education, and the other goals set by the Millennium Summit were implemented, the lives of seven million children could be saved each year. That is the lives of 1000 children every hour, of every day, of every week could be saved.

"For this to happen pressure needs to be kept on political leaders in countries across the world.

"While the focus next week is on the G8 Summit in Scotland, Ireland can play a part. You can show your support by wearing the White Band, by attending rallies, by putting pressure on the Irish government to show real leadership on this issue. They have a strong role to play and with sufficient support we can make that happen. The Irish government must start by setting a new deadline to reach the UN target of spending 0.7% of GDP on aid and this time this must set out a year-by-year strategy to show how this will happen. It can't remain a pipe dream. They can use their strength at European level to get the EU to adopt a Trade Justice approach. They can fight for human rights proofing of all EU aid and trade policies.

"Play your part. Support the rally in Dublin on Thursday 30th. Help make poverty history."ENDS

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