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Sinn Fein welcome reorganisation of Special Olympics

16 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disability, Mid Ulster MLA Geraldine Dougan has welcomed the announcement that Special Olympics NI is to be reorganised along the same lines as the 9 counties of Ulster from September 1st and congratulated the organisation of its 25 years of good work and forward thinking.

Ms Dougan said:

"Last year the Special Olympics in Dublin brought a huge spectacle to this island. Athletes from across the world made a real impact on communities throughout Ireland. It was the courage and determination of both athletes and organisations such as Special Olympics NI that made the event possible.

"We have also just seen the 25th anniversary celebrations of Special Olympics NI. It is sign of how forward thinking the organisation is that they have now taken the bold step of deciding to reorganise along the same lines as the 9 counties of Ulster.

"By setting up local committees that bring Derry, Donegal and Tyrone together; Antrim and Down; and Armagh, Cavan, Fermanagh and Monaghan, Special Olympics Ulster is laying the groundwork for a vibrant future. It will allow people to work across artificial borders and bring people closer together in what are geographically, socially and culturally very natural communities. I wish the Special Olympic Ulster all the best for the future." ENDS

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