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Sinn Féin to hold ten Public Meetings during election campaign

8 April, 2010 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin are to hold ten public meetings in constituencies across the six counties over the next two weeks. The meetings announced at a press event in Belfast this morning by South Belfast Assembly member Alex Maskey will see Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and other senior party leaders present Sinn Féin’s vision for the future and allow the general public to engage with the party.

Mr Maskey said:

“Since the political institutions where re-established after the successful negotiation at St. Andrews Sinn Féin have annually hosted large public meetings for the general public across the six counties. We are the only party who do this as a matter of course. It is a vital part of our Ministers and Assembly members being accountable to the communities we are elected to serve. These meetings are an opportunity for the public to put their issues directly onto the Executive table.

“As we face into this Westminster election campaign this run of public meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to engage with the Sinn Féin leadership and more importantly an opportunity for us to engage with the public. Sinn Féin never take the electorate for granted and we are part of the community we represent. That is why we see these engagements as so important.

“These meetings will be the first since the conclusion of the negotiations at Hillsborough and come after the transfer of powers on policing and justice. There is no substitute for local politicians engaging with local people and these meetings will form a central part of our ability to get our message directly across to the electorate in the coming weeks.” ENDS

The schedule of Public Meetings are as follows:

13th April – Newry & Armagh – Newry Town Hall - Martin McGuinness, Conor Murphy, Bairbre deBrún

13th April – Derry City – Tower Hotel – Gerry Adams, Martina Anderson

14th April – Tyrone – Craic Theatre – Martin McGuinness,Michelle Gildernew
14th April – Belfast – St Kevins Hall - Gerry Adams, Gerry Kelly, Alex Maskey, Bairbre deBrun
15th April – Fermanagh – Clinton Centre, Enniskillen – Martin McGuinness,Michelle Gildernew
15th April – Upper Bann – Ashburn Hotel, Lurgan – Gerry Adams, John O’Dowd, Bairbre deBrún
16th April – West Tyrone – Gerry Adams, Pat Doherty
19th April – North & South Antrim – Dunloy - Gerry Adams, Daithi McKay, Bairbre DeBrún
19th April – South & East Derry – Guladuff Hall – Martin McGuinness
22nd April – South Down – Martin McGuinnes, Caitriona Ruane

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