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Sinn Féin to meet Portuguese Foreign Minster

9 June, 2005


Sinn Féin Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough, Cllr Francie Molloy MLA will welcome the Portuguese Foreign Minster Antonio Braga tomorrow, Friday 10th June, at 12.15 to the council area at the STEP building in Dungannon.

The Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Mayor speaking ahead of the visit by Mr Braga said:

"Migrant workers play an important role both in the local economy and the life of the community. It is important that the working conditions of migrant workers, many of whom are Portuguese, are protected.

"It is also vital that we do more to challenge racism, that appears to be growing, wherever it emanates from.

"No one in Ireland should be treated as second class citizens because we are all first class citizens. This means that when it comes to the warmth of our welcome or to the rights of workers, or importantly the right to live free from fear, intimidation or harassment that everyone, no matter what their origin, should be treated equally.

"The Portuguese community bring with them a rich diversity." ENDS

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