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Doolan attends Holocaust Memorial

30 January, 2005

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin South East Councillor Daithí Doolan has said, "this is the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Today, here in Dublin, we commemorate all the victims and survivors of those camps."

Speaking ahead of the commemoration in Dublin Cllr. Doolan said:

"As we prepare today to remember all those victims of Nazi concentration camps we must also use the opportunity to to learn from the Holocaust and what it can tell us about the best and worst of human behaviour. We should not simply remember the Holocaust, we must ensure that the thinking and behaviour that lead to the Holocaust is stamped out once and for all. Where ever there is sectarianism, racism, anti Semitism or homophobia we have a right and responsibility to challenge it and confront that bigotry.

"Today is a chance for us all to remember those who suffered and rededicate our selves to the task of creating a society based on equality and justice. The best memorial we could leave behind is a world where lessons are learnt and children of all nations are cherished equally.‰

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan called on, „people here in Ireland to make a special attempt to challenge the current rise of racism we see in our own communities. This has become today‚s challenge and all of us must rise to it."

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration, today Sunday 30th January 2005,City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2.ENDS

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