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Doherty to represent party at London St Patrick’s Day events

14 March, 2008

Sinn Féin Vice President, West Tyrone MPA Pat Doherty MP will represent the party at a series of events in London to mark St Patrick's Day.

Mr Doherty will attend the Mayor's St Patrick's Dinner, on Saturday 15 March, at Dorchester Hotel in London hosted by Mayor Ken Livingstone. He is also attending the London St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival on Sunday 16 March.

Assemble 12 noon Hyde Park Corner. Parade goes to Trafalgar Square for the Festival. Events take place in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and covent Garden. See

Mr Doherty will join Mayor Ken Livingstone and other cross party representatives from Ireland and representatives from the Irish Government and the Irish Ambassador to London on the parade and at the festival.

Mr Doherty is also attending the CHAMP St Patrick's Day reception in the British House of Commons on Monday 17 March, hosted by cross-party parliamentarians.

Speaking ahead of the London St Patrick's Day celebrations Mr Doherty said:

"Ken Livingstone as the Mayor of London has brought his energy and commitment to making the London St Patrick's festival the huge success it has become.

"He has positively recognised the role of the Irish community in London and their contribution to the city.

"Ken has been a long time supporter of the Irish Peace Process and in building links between Ireland and London." ENDS

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