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Maskey attends Labour Irish Society St Patrick's Day celebrations

18 March, 2015 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey is in London today to attend the Labour Party's Irish Society's event in the House of Commons to bring the St Patrick's Day celebrations to a close. 

Mr Maskey said; 

"I am delighted to be joining Roy Kennedy and the British Labour Party's Irish members this evening to mark what has been a full week of St Patrick's celebrations across London, and indeed in cities and towns across England.

"Sinn Féin has over many years travelled to Britain to join events here to mark and acknowledge the vast contribution the Irish diaspora have made to the social, economic and political life of London and across this island.

"Yesterday my colleague Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD joined the all-party Irish in Britain group of MPs and Irish in Britain umbrella group for their annual reception at Westminster, where he outlined our support for acknowledging the diaspora in real terms by extending the vote to Irish citizens overseas.

"And last weekend Pat Doherty and Francie Molloy joined large St Patrick's parades in London and Manchester respectively. These events not only celebrate being Irish, but also the diversity and inclusivity of those cities. 

"Pat Doherty also paid tribute to the role of Irish businesses in London, attending the annual St Patrick's Ball, hosted by key Irish business organisations, many who literally built the city.

"My visit comes at an important time politically when we are working to resolve the current difficulties in the political process in the North.

"Sinn Féin is doing all it can to achieve an agreement. Today I will be taking the opportunity to also brief MPs here, before parliament is dissolved for the election, on that progress, and the need for current and future British governments to also fulfill their obligations in this regard.

"The upcoming election will give voters here and the diaspora community in particular, the chance to put some pressure on the parties in Britain to do this."

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