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Ógra Shinn Féin urge rejection of Citizhenship Referendum

2 June, 2004

Ógra Shinn Féin has today urged voters to reject the forthcoming Citizenship Referendum on June 11th. Ógra made the call during its launch of its manifesto for 2004 in Buswell's Hotel, Dublin (02.06.04). Speaking during the launch, Sinn Féin candidate for Rathfarnham Sorcha Ni Chormaic - said that they are "urging people to vote No to the Government's flawed, ill-conceived and ultimately racist referendum."

Ms Ni Chormaic stated:

"The Government's racist and reactionary referendum to impose restrictions on Irish citizenship must be rejected. The referendum is in violation of the Good Friday Agreement and is a betrayal of the 1916 Proclamation.

"We utterly reject the Government‚s contention that this proposal is either necessary or desired. If this is passed, two children born in the same hospital ward on the same day could be deemed to have different constitutional rights. These children will be denied the same status or rights.

"The Human Rights Commission has found that Minister McDowell's so-called facts and evidence‚ used to back up his case for a referendum were not adequately researched or analysed. It has also said that the government should have consulted with other parties to the Good Friday Agreement on the impact of the referendum on the Agreement.

"Ógra Shinn Féin is urging people to vote No to the Government‚s flawed, ill-conceived and ultimately racist referendum." ENDS

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