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McLaughlin - All-Ireland Day of Action to Demand the Right to Vote

28 May, 2003

Sinn Féin Assembly members, MPs and TDs have called on people to come out tomorrow, Thursday May 29th, to protest the cancellation of the elections and demand the right to vote. Events have been organised in over 30 towns and cities across the island including: Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Cork, Letterkenny, Galway, Wexford, Kildare, Athlone, Sligo, Limerick, Tralee, Waterford, Omagh, Enniskillen, Lurgan, and Strabane. Events will also take place in the United States and Britain. Speaking in Dublin this afternoon Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"Tomorrow, 29th May, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Six Counties should be going to the polls to elect 108 Assembly members and a new cross party Executive. Instead the British government have cancelled the elections, shut down the political institutions and created a dangerous political vacuum.

"The cancelling of the elections is wrong and was taken against the wishes of people across the island of Ireland. It is imperative that the British government reverse this decision and set a date for the Assembly elections. I am calling on people to come out tomorrow and demand the right to vote."ENDS

Demand the Right to Vote protests

Six Counties

10am All Assembly election candidates and elected representatives will hand in a letter of protest to local electoral offices in Ballymoney, Banbridge, Belfast, Derry, Omagh and Glengormely.

11.30am Sinn Féin Press Conference, Belfast.

12-2pm City centre protests in Belfast, Omagh, Enniskillen, Lurgan and Derry

5-6.30pm White line pickets in Belfast, Toomebridge, the Ballygawley roundabout, Strabane, Cloghue, the Kinnego roundabout in Lurgan and the Craigavon bridge in Derry


8-9.30am Leafleting of DART stations across the city

11.00am Auction of democracy outside Leinster House

2-4pm Pickets at Stephens Green, GPO O'Connell Street and other venues across the city

5-6pm White line pickets along major city centre routes

8pm Rally outside the British Embassy, with musicians and street theatre


Galway Protests in Loughrea, Tuam and Ballinasloe, Street theatre and mock elections in Galway City

Mayo Protests in Westport, Ballina, Castlebar and Charlestown

Donegal Rally in Letterkenny at 8pm

Sligo Protest outside GPO at 5pm

Leinster- protests on all the main roads during day and Dublin for 8pm

N1/N2/N3 Navan, Drogheda and Dundalk - Dublin

N4 Longford, Edgeworthstown, Mullingar, Kinnegad - Dublin

N6 Athlone at 10am, Moate 12 noon, Kilbeggan 1pm, Kinnegad, Dublin

N7/N9 New Ross, Kilkenny City, Carlow, Naas and onto Dublin

N11 Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey, Wicklow, Bray - Dublin


Cork Protests in Cork City, Mallow, Middleton, Clonakilty

Waterford Protests in Waterford City

Kerry Protests in Tralee

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