Paul Maskey MP to speak at Australian Easter commemorations
Sinn Féin MP, Paul Maskey, will travel to Australia this weekend to address Easter commemorations being organised by Irish community groups and Cairde Sinn Féin Australia in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
Speaking before his departure, Mr Maskey said:
“The 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising is being commemorated right across the globe and it will be an honour to address the commemorations in Australia.
"Commemorations will take place this Easter weekend at the graves of Irish patriots in Australian cemeteries. This is testament to the impact the vision and action of the men and women of 1916 has had upon Irish communities around the world.
"In Sydney, republicans will gather in Waverly Cemetery at the 1798 Memorial and the grave of United Irishman Michael Dwyer, who played an important role in the 1798 rebellion.
"In Carlton Cemetery in Melbourne, republicans will gather at the grave of Sean MacSwiney, a Sinn Féin TD for Cork in the First Dáil. Sean’s sister Mary was also a Sinn Féin TD for Cork, and his brother Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, died in an English jail on a hunger strike in 1920.
"There has been a strong connection between Irish republicans and Australia throughout years of struggle and today the Irish community in Australia continue to make, a positive and significant contribution to advancing democratic rights, workers’ rights and progressive causes.
"Today many thousands of young Irish people have been forced to emigrate to Australia due to years of austerity policies imposed by conservatives.
“I will be delivering a strong message from Sinn Féin that we are determined to work with others for change in Ireland that will make forced emigration a thing of the past and ensure our young people have a future in their own country.
Mr Maskey concluded: "I look forward to representing Sinn Féin at these events in Australia, and I congratulate the Irish-Australian community for organising these important commemorations."