Sinn Féin MEPs Bairbre de Brún and Mary Lou McDonald will facilitate a visit by Raymond McCord to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on April 24th and 25th. The visit will provide Mr McCord with an opportunity to meet with and brief MEPs from across the 27 member states on the murder of his son Raymond McCord Junior. The delegation will include a press conference at 16.00 on the 24th followed at 16.30 by a public meeting.
Speaking before the visit Dublin MEP Mary Lou MCDonald said:
"This is a very important visit. It is important that the European Parliament and individual MEPs are made fully aware of the extent of British state collusion with unionist paramilitaries in the north of Ireland."
Six County MEP Bairbre de Brun added:
"This visit is part of our ongoing work in support of those who have suffered as a result of collusion. It is the third such visit to the European Parliament by families affected by the British government policy of collusion." ENDS
Note to Editors
Raymond McCord visit to European Parliament
Strasbourg - 23-26 April 2007
Mon April 23
Tues April 24
9.00-12.30 Meetings: Group Leaders, Commission.
9.30 Keith McBean, Counsellor Irish Perm Rep. (LOW T05/038)
10.00 Kathy Sinnott MEP, Ind/Dem Group (LOW T11/028)
14.00 Pre-briefing for journalists (LOW S2.1)
16.00 Press Conference: Police Collusion in Murder, says Ombudsman.
R.McCord and MEPs: B.deBrún, MLMcDonald, M.Harkin. (LOW N-1/201)
16.30 General meeting for all MEPs, Assistants and Group staff. (LOW S2.1)
18.00 Francis Wurtz President of GUE/NGL (LOW T06/008)
Wed April 25
9.00-13.30 Meetings with MEPs,Group Leaders,Commission. (LOW S2.1)
Time unconf'd Brian Crowley Co-President UEN Group
14.30-15.00 Raúl Romeva, Greens/EFA Group (LOW T05/048)
16.00 Meeting with Irish MEPs and staff. (LOW S3.7)
Thur April 26