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Sinn Féin MEP to host ethnic minority communities in Brussels

29 March, 2005


Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald will host a delegation of people from various ethnic minority communities in Ireland, when they visit the European Parliament in Brussels tomorrow (30.03.05).

Representatives from Travellers Action, Centre for Care of Survivors of Torture, Association of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Ireland, African Women's Group, African Cultural Centre, Residents against Racism, Black Youth Network (Belfast) will all be travelling to Brussels at the invitation of Sinn Féin.

The visit is set against a backdrop of mass deportations by the Irish Government in recent weeks.

Speaking prior to the visit Ms McDonald said:

"It is particularly appropriate that this visit has been organised for members of Ireland's ethnic minority communities. Sinn Féin stands in solidarity with ethnic minority communities. We must make it crystal clear to this government that the policy of mass deportations is fundamentally wrong and should cease immediately.

"This Government is devoid of compassion and the recent deportations reflect the 'Celtic Tiger' selfishness which exists in the Ireland of today.

"Tomorrow's visit is about reaching out to local communities and ascertaining how Sinn Féin can be of help at European level.

Note to Editor:

Cllr John O Dowd MLA, Cllr Killian Forde, Cllr Larry O Toole, Cllr Cathal King will all be travelling to Brussels along with the representatives from the ethnic minority groups.

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