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Providing Civic Leadership - A Day of Reflection

10 December, 2004

Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Foyle MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has endorsed the work of the Derry Mayor Gearoid Ó hÉara in developing the 'Day of Reflection' initiative and the ongoing work being taken by Sinn Fein mayors and chairs throughout the Six Counties in Fermanagh (Gerry McHugh) Magherafelt (Patsy Groogan) Omagh (Sean Clarke) and Strabane (Jarleth McNulty).

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The initiative taken forward in Derry City Gearoid Ó hÉara is the culmination of sustained engagement with many different sections of the community within that city. It builds upon the important work initiated by Alex Maskey during his term as Mayor of Belfast.

"Sinn Féin mayors and chairs throughout the Six Counties have worked hard to build an initiative that reflects our commitment to providing civic leadership for the people we represent.

"The initiatives are not uniform across any of these council areas but are guided and shaped by the engagement that each has had with the people they represent as first citizens. It is built upon engagement with many representatives and organisations representing many of those who have suffered as a result of wars and conflict. It is still very much a work in progress.

"Together the mayors and chairs from Derry City, Fermanagh, Magherfelt, Omagh and Strabane have worked hard to progress an event to mark 'a day of reflection' today, December 10th, to mark International Human Rights Day.

"But that is not say that we are naïve of the difficulties such an undertaking faces. Nonetheless I want to stress A Day of Reflection is not in any way intended as a replacement of existing commemorative events. Instead it is about something entirely new. It is in recognition of the need to validate and recognise the experiences of all equally, and together." ENDS

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