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Sinn Féin’s Bairbre de Brún becomes first ever elected representative from the 6 counties to speak in Dáil chamber

9 May, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún, became the first elected representative from the North of Ireland to speak in the Dáil chamber today when she addressed assembled TDs and MEPs on the occasion of Europe Day.

Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams TD, said that the occasion was “another indication of the new era that has dawned in Irish politics, when an elected member of Sinn Féin, someone whose political activism began with the H-Block campaigns of three decades ago, spoke in the Dáil chamber of the party’s commitment to working with other MEPs, the Oireachtas and with the Assembly in the North to create a better future for all our people”.

Ms De Brún, who before becoming a public representative, worked as a teacher, spoke in Irish in the chamber.

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on European Affairs Padraig MacLochlainn, also spoke and said that “the EU, and in particular the European Commission and European Central Bank must share its portion of blame for the economic crisis in Ireland and across the Eurozone.”

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