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Sinn Féin MEPs brief EU diplomatic corps on peace process

15 February, 2005


Sinn Féin MEPs Bairbre de Brún (Six Counties) and Mary Lou McDonald (Dublin) today briefed over twenty embassies to the European Union on the Irish Peace Process and Sinn Féin's priorities for the European Union. The briefing took place at the European Parliament in Brussels.

In particular, the MEPs briefed the diplomatic corps about concerns related to the Inquiries Bill presently going though Westminster and the damage it will do to any hope of a proper inquiry into the murder of Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane.

Speaking from Brussels Ms McDonald said:

"This morning's meeting with the diplomatic corps to the European Union was extremely useful. It provided both myself and my colleague Bairbre de Brún with the opportunity to brief the embassies on the current difficulties in the peace process, and Sinn Féin's priorities at EU level. We also raised with them concerns arising from the murder of Pat Finucane and the British government's continued refusal to hold a proper inquiry into his killing.

Ms de Brún said:

"Today's meeting is an integral part of Sinn Féin's extensive outreach work internationally. We stressed in this morning's briefing of the diplomatic corps the importance of the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. We also reaffirmed Sinn Féin's commitment to the peace process and to overcoming the present crisis in the political process. We also drew attention to concerns about the Inquiries Bill presently going though Westminster and the damage it will do to any hope of a proper inquiry into the murder of Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane" ENDS

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