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Francie Molloy MP participates in London St Patrick’s Day events in London

11 March, 2013 - by Ian Milne, Westminster

Sinn Fein's newly elected MP for Mid-Ulster, Francie Molloy, has outlined the range of political and community eventsthat Sinn Fein elected representatives from across Ireland will participate in this week as part of London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Speaking as he prepares to travel to London on Wednesday, on his first trip as a Sinn Féin MP, Francie Molloy said:

"The St Patricks’ events provide a very important opportunity to meet a range of political representatives as well as the Irish community in Britain. I am delighted this year to be one of the Sinn Fein MPs, MLAs, TDs and councillors in London and elsewhere to mark St Patrick’s Day and to discuss with the diaspora some of the issues of concern to them. It also gives Sinn Féin representatives the opportunity to engage with a wide spectrum of opinion to assess current political developments.

Outlining some of the events that Sinn Féin elected Representatives will attend during a week of celebrations, the Mid-Ulster MP continued:

“Today, Monday, Aengus O Snodaigh TD will be in Westminster to attend the cross-party Champ reception in the House of Commons, hosted by Baroness Blood, Lord Glentoran, Baroness Harris and Lord Dubs. This event will be attended by an Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and the British Prime Minister, David Cameron MP.

"On Tuesday, Michelle Gildernew MP will attend a reception in the Irish Embassy, hosted by the Irish Ambassador in London, while on Wednesday, myself and Conor Murphy MP, will attend a Federation of Irish Societies event in Westminster hosted by Chris Ruane MP and the All-Party Irish in Britain group.

"On St Patrick's Day itself, Mayo Councillor Rose Conway Walsh will represent Sinn Fein at the Annual Parade and Festival in central London. Last weekend, Sinn Fein's European director, Sean Oliver and Assembly Member Mickey Brady were in Liverpool for a St Patrick’s gala dinner hosted by the University of Liverpool's Institute of Irish Studies".

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