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Alex Maskey announces outreach event with unionist community

15 September, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA for South Belfast Alex Maskey has today announced an outreach event with panel members from the unionist community, representing church, civic, and political opinion. Mr Maskey said the event was 'particularly timely given last weeks events cross the North'.

The event entitled: 'Towards National Reconciliation' is part of Sinn Féin's Cead Bliain celebrations (100th Year), and will be held in the Conway Mill, Falls Road this Saturday (17th September) from 11am to 1pm.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

"Saturday's event represents the start of a programme of events across the six counties to widen the process of dialogue between republicans and the broad unionist community. Given the events of the past week this conference is particularly timely.

"I am pleased to announce that the panel will consist of Dawn Purvis from the PUP, Rev. Lesley Carroll, Convener of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and Trevor Ringland, Chair of the One Small Step Campaign. I think that it is important that local nationalists and republicans hear at firsthand the range of views provided by the panel.

"Sinn Féin is about engaging and reaching out to others, including the unionist and ethnic minority communities. We will not move forward or make political progress without real and meaningful dialogue." ENDS

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