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McGuinness shows support for the Tractor on Tour 2008

21 April, 2008

The Tractor on Tour 2008 event which seeks to raise funds for children's hospices was welcomed to Parliament Buildings today by Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP MLA and the First Minister.

The drive, which commenced in Kildare last Monday will visit every county in Ireland before returning to Kildare next week. Money raised will be used to fund the building of a new Children's Hospice at Laura Lynne House as well as the existing NI Children's Hospice in Newtownabbey.

Welcoming the tractor drive Mr McGuinness said:

"No charities touch our hearts more than those involving children and I am delighted to join with the First Minister in wishing those involved in this event every success as they aim to raise €50,000 for these worthy causes.

"I see that on leaving here today you will travel to my native North West and I'm sure people there and throughout Ireland will be as generous as always."

Both Ministers also paid special tribute to Jill and Louise Barrett the organisers of the event and all involved in the tractor drive.


  1. The tractor tour commenced on April 17 in Kildare and aims to visit a town in each county in Ireland before returning to Kildare on April 30th.
  2. The Laura Lynne Foundation and Children's Sunshine Home have together raised €6M towards the construction of a children's hospice; this event hopes to raise a minimum of €50,000 to assist both them and the NI Children's Hospice.
  3. A proportion of the sponsorship will be raised prior to the event, with the remainder being collected through bucket collections along the route.
  4. It is planned that the event will take the following route over the next couple of days:
  • 21 April Stormont, Antrim, Derry, Letterkenny
  • 22 April Letterkenny, Omagh, Enniskillen, Sligo

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