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de Brún to host Disability Action NI delegation in Brussels

9 September, 2008


de Brún to host Disability Action NI delegation in Brussels


Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún will this week host a 27 person delegation from Disability Action NI in the European Parliament in Brussels. Delegation members will today depart from different locations throughout the north for a series of meetings which will take place tomorrow (Wednesday 10 September) with MEPs and key campaigners involved in lobbying at a European level.

The delegation is comprised of people with disabilities who are training to be human rights advocates and their support workers. They will meet with MEPs from across Europe who are involved in the European Parliament's inter-party working group on disability as well leading figures from the European Disability Forum.

As well as taking the opportunity to gain a greater understanding as to the workings of the institutions of the European Unions, the delegation will be lobbying on issues in relation to disability rights, equality legislation and social inclusion.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels in advance of the delegation's arrival, Ms de Brún said:

'I am very pleased to be this week hosting the Disability Action delegation in the European Parliament. Disability rights is a major issue facing many of my constituents with the North of Ireland having a very high rate of disability compared to other regions.

'Most equality legislation finds its origins in the institutions of the European Union with frameworks having been set there before being refined and implemented at national and regional level. This week's delegation will provide an opportunity for activists to be empowered to make the case for enhanced legislation and protections right at the heart of where much of our social legislation begins.' ENDS

Note to Editor:

Last year Ms de Brún joined Assembly colleague Michelle O'Neill MLA and fellow MEP Mary Lou McDonald to help collect one million signatures across the EU in favour of disability rights. For text see www.1million4disability.eu

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