Two leading Sinn Féin representatives, Francie Molloy MP and the Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD will be engaging in a speaking tour across Australia from August 30 to September 7 2014, visiting Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.
Speaking today Francie Molloy said:
“Sinn Féin has emerged from the local government and European elections held in May as the largest political party on an all-Ireland basis, with the surge in popular support resulting from the party's strong opposition to austerity, north and south.
“There is a clear message that we will be taking to Australian political representatives, trade unionists and community leaders of promoting a united Ireland and the need to call on the British and Irish governments to hold a referendum on Irish reunification under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
“Already dozens of Australian MPs, trade unionists and community leaders have added their names to an Irish Unity Motion."
Mary Lou McDonald TD continued:
“Further to this we will also be continuing to promote awareness among Irish workers on temporary visas in Australia of their rights in the workplace, and promoting trade union membership among the Irish community.
“The tour will aim to engage not only with the thousands of young Irish people who've been forced to emigrate as a result of austerity policies, but also to build connections with progressive parties and unions fighting against austerity in Australia.”