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Ferris calls on Government to ensure that Palestinian Special Olympics team can travel

11 June, 2003

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Sport, Martin Ferris TD has called upon the Government to ensure that the Palestinian Special Olympics team is allowed travel to Ireland. A question mark has been raised over the team's participation because of the ongoing blockade of the West Bank by the Israeli Army.

Deputy Ferris said:

"It is essential that the Irish Government ensures that the full Palestinian delegation is permitted to leave the West Bank. There can be no excuse for any Government refusing to allow its citizens or citizens of another state to take part in a sporting event. Years of preparation have gone into preparing Athletes for the Olympics and no spurious short term reasons ought to be accepted for refusing to allow them to participate". ENDS

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