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Council Chairs unite for "Day of Reflection" events

9 November, 2004

Seán Clarke, Sinn Féin Chair of Omagh District Council, and Jarlath McNulty, Sinn Féin Chair of Strabane District Council, are to hold tree-planting ceremonies on the 10th December to remember, in an inclusive way, all those who have died as a result of war and conflict from the West Tyrone area.

The localised events are part of wider "Day of Reflection" initiative being undertaken by Sinn Féin "first citizens" in the six counties announced by Sinn Féin at a Press Conference in Belfast on Tuesday.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams endorsing the 'Day of Reflection' initiative said:

"Sinn Féin first mayors and chairs throughout the six counties are guided in their role of providing civic leadership by a commitment to equality and to tackling difficult and divisive issues. It is about facing up to the challenge of building peace and engagement between people of different faiths and traditions.

In a joint statement at the press conference the local Sinn Féin Council Chairs said:

"The tree-planting ceremonies will take place at the Council Offices in Omagh and Strabane on the 10th December.

"They are a genuine effort to acknowledge the loss of all those from the West Tyrone area who have died as a result of war and conflict and to acknowledge all those who still live with the pain and memory of that loss.

"The "Day of Reflection" events are not intended to replace the existing commemorative events but are underpinned by a desire to provide civic leadership with the aim of promoting reconciliation and equality.

"We hope that our efforts will build upon the important work by Derry Mayor Gerry O Hara and by Alex Maskey, during his term as mayor of Belfast, to develop the concept of recognising the experiences of all equally, and together." ENDS

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