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Sinn Féin pledges support for Asbestos Victims Group

20 May, 2004

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA's Mitchel Mc Laughlin and Mary Nelis who attended the 'Justice for Asbestos Victims Group' Awareness Launch co-sponsored by Sinn Féin at the Assembly Long Gallery this moring praised the asbestos campaign group for trheir tenacity.

Commenting on the launch The Sinn Féin Representatives said,

"The legislation which comes into effect tomorrow will deal with the 1.4 million non-domestic properties which contain asbestos but falls far short of dealing with the other 3 million properties that contain asbestos and increase the vulnerability to disease and death. Indeed, it is expected that 100.000 people will die as a result of exposure to asbestos.

Sinn Féin has written to British Secretary of State, Paul Murphy calling for the establishment of an inter-departmental working group to enure that there is information available across all departments and available to everyone ensuring good practice across the board in dealing asbestos victims."

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