Over 2,000 visitors expected at Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Derry this weekend - McDonald

3 March, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald today launched the Clár for her party’s Ard Fheis which takes place in the Millenium Forum in Derry this weekend.

Speaking in Dublin this morning Deputy McDonald said;

“We are delighted to be holding our Ard Fheis in Derry for the first time.  Over the last few years, as the party has grown from strength to strength, we have held Ard Fheiseanna in Wexford, Kerry, Mayo and Belfast.  And we will be returning to Dublin next year, for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

“Over the weekend we expect up to 2,000 visitors to come to Derry for the Ard Fheis.  On Friday and Saturday we will be discussing 218 motions on a number of key themes:

·      Standing with communities against austerity
·      Delivering a fair recovery
·      2016 and building a United Ireland

“Gerry Adams Presidential Address will be at 8.30pm on Saturday and will be covered live on RTE and BBC.  There will also be a live section between 11am and 1pm.  The entire Ard Fheis will be live streamed from www.sinnfein.ie

“We are holding 8 fringe meetings over the weekend with a range of invited speakers on issues as wide ranging as:

“The culture of marching bands – Londonderry Bands Forum, the future of the Irish language, Palestine, women for independence and unity, TTIP, collusion, Tar Isteach and the all-Ireland economy.

“We have 52 exhibitors and more than 30 campaign groups in attendance, as well as a wide range of international guests and members of the diplomatic corps.  Among the invited guests who will be addressing the Ard Fheis are:

“Euclid Tsakalotos – Syriza Foreign Minister for International Economic Relations

Ahmad Abdelrakez – Palestinian Ambassador

Gorka Elejabarrieta – Sortu, Basque Country                     

Sue van der Merwe – ANC.”