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Carrickmacross Town Council rejects Balbriggan's racist motion

14 December, 2004

At last nights meeting of Carrickmacross Town Council the members rejected a motion by Balbriggan Town Council on the proposal of Sinn Féin Councillor Matt Carthy.

The Balbriggan motion read: „To call on the Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform to return all asylum seeking unaccompanied children under the age of 18 years to their country of origin at immigration point."

Sinn Féin's Matt Carthy proposed that Carrickmacross Town Council reject the motion and this was unanimously agreed. Speaking afterwards Cllr. Carthy said that the elected members of Balbriggan Town Council should be ashamed of themselves for presenting such an overtly racist motion.

He said: "I am extremely disappointed that any local authority would have enough racist representatives to secure a majority to back this motion and forward it to other council chambers. The motion shows no compassion for the most vulnerable in our society. Children coming to Ireland seeking asylum need our support and understanding, not to be booted back on a boat or plane. Thankfully the members of Carrickmacross Town Council (made up of 3 SF, 3 FF, 2 FG, 1 Ind) were united in our rejection of this racist motion and I hope that a similar result will be forthcoming from other local authorities who receive this correspondence from Balbriggan".ENDS

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