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Sinn Féin launch EU election website

20 May, 2004

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey speaking at the launch of the Sinn Féin EU election campaign website in the ITEXP internet café on the Ormeau Road in Belfast has said that the site is a vital tool in reaching out to a broader audience.

Mr Maskey, who launched the website with Bairbre de Brún and Party Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"This website is the latest and most high-tech way of bringing the republican message to an audience at home and across the world. It will help us advance our struggle to achieve our objective of a united Ireland, an Ireland of equals, and a Europe of Equals.

"We have always recognised the absolute importance of explaining our struggle to a wider audience, of winning hearts and minds.

"Republicans, throughout the years of repression and censorship, found innovative ways to get our message across. Thankfully, we have come a long way from the days when republican prisoners, naked except for a blanket, told the world the story of their resistance by smuggling out notes scratched on cigarette papers.

"The Sinn Féin website was relaunched last year and fast became the most popular political party site in Ireland. We average over 1 million hits a month from 72 different countries.

"People will be able to access our policy documents, the press statements, video footage and photo gallery and the site fully navigational in both Irish and English." ENDS

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