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Mayor of Armagh pays visit to County Wexford

31 May, 2004

The Mayor of Armagh City, Councillor Pat O'Rawe MLA, paid an extended visit to County Wexford over the weekend where she performed a very busy schedule.

Cllr O'Rawe the first female Assembly member in her constituency and the first ever Sinn Féin Mayor of Armagh met with a wide variety of local community groups in Wexford, Rosslare, Gorey, Enniscorthy and New Ross. She also joined the local election candidate trail in Gorey and Enniscorthy, and launched the new Sinn Féin manifesto: 'Women in an Ireland of Equals' in New Ross before attending a party function in Hotel Curracloe on Saturday night.

Speaking at the launch of the womens manifesto in New Ross on Saturday accompanied by local Sinn Féin election candidates, Sandra Ryan (Gorey), Noreen Sheridan (Enniscorthy) and Bernie Murphy (New Ross) Cllr O'Rawe said:

"As a party striving towards an Ireland of Equals, Sinn Féin fully supports the Equality Agenda and its implementation throughout society. Central to this is the need for gender balance, gender proofing and gender equality in the decision making process.

"Sinn Féin is committed to the establishment of targets and timescales for achieving equality of representation for women in public life, and equality of outcome in employment, education and training. We believe that gender proofing in appointments, policies and resource allocation must be obligatory for all public bodies.

"A culture of change is required throughout society to ensure that there is better representation and better working practices for women in politics. It is crucial that we all play a part in creating changes to the political systems to encourage more family friendly practices.

"Sinn Fein will work with all those committed to promoting equality at all levels of society and we bring the same commitment to change to our own party. This is a real issue for Sinn Féin in terms of our policies, the issues that we campaign on and the candidates that we put forward for election. Indeed in these elections we are presently standing the largest number of women candidates ever in winnable seats and the issue of equality is central to our entire campaign."ENDS

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