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Sinn Féin stands with ethnic minority communities - Mary Lou McDonald

31 March, 2005


Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has today hosted a visit by ethnic minority community activists from Ireland, at the European Parliament in Brussels. Ms McDonald was also joined by a number of Sinn Féin elected representatives from throughout the country.

Ms McDonald said that 'Sinn Féin stands resolutely with ethnic minority communities in the face of attacks against them, discrimination and deportation'.

Speaking from Brussels Ms McDonald said:

"I am delighted to have hosted today's event at the European Parliament. I met with 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).

"Along with our elected representatives John O Dowd MLA, Cllr Killian Forde, Cllr Larry O Toole and Cllr Cathal King, the delegation attended a Seminar with European Social NGO's and were briefed on the work of the EU Justice Home Affairs & Civil Liberties Committee.

"We discussed a wide range of issues which affect our ethnic minority communities in modern Ireland, from the provision of amenities and services to the upsurge in violent incidents. Indeed, Racist attacks are now happening at such an alarming rate that sections of society are becoming blasé to the plight of ethnic minority communities.

"Sinn Féin stands resolutely with ethnic minority communities in the face of attacks against them, discrimination and deportation. Tackling racism has been a real priority for my party. We brought forward an anti-racist charter in Councils where we are represented, we opposed the racist citizenship referendum introduced by the Irish Government and are campaigning against the policy of forced deportation. We have been campaigning for a progressive, human rights based, anti-racist immigration policy.

"Sinn Féin is committed to tackling all forms of racism and building an inclusive and multicultural Ireland."ENDS

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