[Sinn Fein]

14th July 2003

Sinn Fein initial response to draft EU Constitution

Debate needs to be held in public and not behind closed doors

Sinn Fein will hold a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday 15th July at 11am in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, to launch its response to the draft EU Constitution. Attending the press conference will be party Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and Marylou McDonald, Dublin EU candidate.

Speaking before the press conference Ms McDonald said:

``It is impossible to overestimate the impact of the process of Economic and Monetary Union on ordinary peoples lives. The draft EU constitution if adopted will shape the Ireland, north and south, that we will live in for the next ten years. There is an urgent need for a transparent public debate on the implications of the development of the EU and what it will mean for Ireland and the rest of the world.

``Sinn Fein's document `Should there be an EU Constitution' is our initial response to the draft Constitution. It is both a critique of the Constitution and also contains many specific proposals - issues which we believe that the Irish negotiators should take on board during the forthcoming discussions.''

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