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Bairbre de Brún opens Sinn Féin constituency office

10 February, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún concluded a long day of engagements in Newry/Armagh on Tuesday by opening the new Sinn Féin Constituency Office in Armagh City.

Ms de Brún, whose last visit to Armagh was at the height of her EU election campaign in June, commended Sinn Féin activists in Armagh City and District on their hard work and dedication to the people of the district. She said, "I am honoured to be here today in Armagh, a place that I always enjoy visiting and in which I am always made welcome. I pay tribute to the local organisation on this achievement and for providing a voice for the people in the city and, indeed, throughout the entire district that this constituency office serves."

The opening of the office ended a busy day for the MEP who attended a number of meetings to discuss women's issues, health issues, farming issues and Irish language issues. Earlier in the day, Ms de Brún gave a commitment that Sinn Féin will continue to ensure that the voices of all these groups are heard on the European stage.

Sinn Féin party group leader on Armagh City and District Council, Paul Corrigan, paid tribute to Bairbre de Brún as he welcomed her back to Armagh City. He said, "Sinn Féin in Armagh City and District are honoured to have one of our two Sinn Féin MEPs here today to officially open our constituency office. This visit, and indeed all the visits that Bairbre de Brún has made to local communities in the North in recent months, shows clearly the right choice that the electorate made by electing her to represent them in Europe."

Sinn Féin MLA for Newry/Armagh Conor Murphy, who accompanied Bairbre de Brún on her visit to Newry/Armagh, the constituency in which he is standing for Westminster, added, "Bairbre de Brún's dedication and enthusiasm is evident by her commitment to come to the local people and communities to discuss ways in which specific local issues in Newry/Armagh can be raised at European level."

In conclusion, Newry/Armagh MLA Pat O'Rawe, who works from the Armagh Constituency Office said, "This move to the heart of Armagh City means that we are more accessible to the public that we serve. I would like to thank all those who have wished us well for the future and Sinn Féin looks forward in continuing to represent the local community and to make their voices heard from the local stage to the European stage." ENDS

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