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De Brún hosts Foyle women’s group visit to the European Parliament

15 October, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún has today hosted a twenty six person strong delegation from Foyle Women's Information Network who engaged in a series of meetings with MEPs, European Commission officials and a leading campaigner on gender and equality from the European Women's Lobby.

Speaking in advance following the engagement, Ms de Brún said:

"It is always good to be able to facilitate local groups and citizens who wish to take the opportunity to develop their knowledge regarding the work of the institutions of the European Union, given that most of the social legislation enacted at national and regional level has its origins in directives adopted in these institutions.

"The women who have traveled to Brussels today are mostly all involved in women's groups and the wider community sector in the greater Derry city area. They are involved in very valuable work that is being undertaken in nationalist and republican as well as unionist communities in the city. As much of the work being undertaken has a cross-border focus, this is reflected in the fact that a number of the women traveling as part of the delegation, live just over the border in Co. Donegal.

"A key meeting with European Commission officials focused on work programmes, legislation and initiatives aimed at tackling discrimination older people face in relation to access to services while the meeting with Cécile Gréboval focused on the work of the European Women's Lobby aimed at affecting real change when it comes to gender equality.

"I am very much enjoyed discussing with Foyle Women's Information Network issues of common concern and having had the opportunity to outline my work on these issues in the European Parliament. I am particularly pleased we got the chance to discuss my work on the Committee on Climate Change and how measures aimed in tackling this important issue can be linked to local solutions aimed at savings being made in relation to energy conservation while tackling the cost of living which is concentrating everyone's minds at the moment but especially the minds of vulnerable and disadvantaged people living in our communities." ENDS

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