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Sinn Féin leadership figures attend St Patrick Celebrations in Britain

17 March, 2012

Sinn Fein leaders are joining with the Irish diaspora at a number of locations across Britain for St Patrick’s celebrations.

The programme kicked off earlier this week when the Sinn Fein Assembly Deputy Speaker, Francie Molloy MLA, travelled to London on 12 March, to participate in a reception hosted by cross Party Members of the House of Lords, where an Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD was a guest.Other celebrations in Deputy Speaker, Molloy’s itinerary was a reception in the House of Commons, of the all-party Group on the Irish in Britain on 13 March, and later a St Patrick’s event hosted by the Irish Ambassador to London, Bobby McDonagh, at the Irish Embassy.

Francie Molloy commenting on his attendance at these important events said: While other parties have traditionally placed their emphasis on crossing the Atlantic and further afield to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, Sinn Féin has always ensured that we did not lose focus on the importance of reaching out and connecting with the diaspora in Britain. While it is important to establish and develop relations with the diaspora wherever they can be found we must not forget the contribution that the Irish in Britain made to society in Ireland during testing times.

`I am delighted to continue that tradition this year in London by attending these important events in the social and political calendar of the Irish in Britain.’

 The engagement will continue this weekend when Pat Doherty MP, MLA will take part inLondon’s annual St Patrick’s Parade while Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane represented the Party at the Manchester Parade on Sunday 11th March.

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