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New Ógra Shinn Féin Derry Cumann launched

1 December, 2007

The launch of Ógra Shinn Féin Doire took place at a packed Rath Mór Sinn Féin office with young activists from Derry, Donegal and Tyrone present. As well as the launch of the new cumann, activists also vowed to play a leading role in the 'Stand Up For Derry' campaign.

The meeting was addressed by National Organiser of Ógra Shinn Féin Barry McColgan who spoke of the importance of recruitment, education and campaigning and congratulated the assembled activists for setting up another Ógra cumann. He spoke of other recent Ógra cumann setting up including West Belfast, Clare and Waterford.

Barry McColgan said:

"I would like to congratulate the assembled activists for setting up another Ógra cumann. There has been some great work carried out by the Toirsire group in the past two years and this has equipped the group with the necessary skills of continuing the growth of a radical republican youth group in Derry."

Niall Doran chairperson of the new Ógra cumann said:

"Toirsire was formed in Easter 2005 after a group of local republicans got together to discuss possible ways to provide a place within Sinn Féin in Derry were young republicans could best play a part in making Republican politics relevant to their local communities . To create an environment were young Republicans could develop their politics through discussion with each other and by working along with older republicans from whom they could gain experience.

"Since then Toirsire developed, both in terms of numbers and politically, and in recent months they proved this through some of the events which they organised including the weekend of events to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Che Guevara.

"With all that in mind we decided to undertake a process of re-organisation, to branch out and grow in areas we have no presence. In order to build our base and grow the organisation we applied to become an Ógra Shinn Féin cumann which will now see us become part of the fastest growing, most active youth movement in the country.

"This will inevitably help us progress as we move forward now with a national youth movement behind us. We will continue to campaign on issues such as Suicide prevention, Road Safety, Irish Unity, Stand Up For Derry and making our politics relevant to the youth of Derry." ENDS

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