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Mary Lou McDonald calls for resolution of Irish Ferries dispute

10 November, 2005

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has this morning urged 'all parties in the Irish Ferries dispute to re-engage to help resolve the long running conflict'. Ms McDonald also said that she believed a Labour Court recommendation on the dispute was imminent.

Ms McDonald made her calls after a meeting with the Chief Executive of Irish Ferries, Eamonn Rothwell was cancelled at his request this morning.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

"Today's scheduled meeting with Mr Rothwell has not taken place. It is a matter of regret that it has not occurred but an agreement has been reached to reschedule.

"We must now await the Labour Court recommendation which I understand is imminent. I would urge all parties to re-engage to re-engage and resolve this dispute.

"The purpose of today's meeting was to discuss the company's plans to displace over five hundred workers and to replace them with third country slave labour. That meeting has now not taken place, but we will be raising these unacceptable practices at our next scheduled meeting.

"Sinn Féin has been actively seeking to help resolve this issue with the Irish Government, the Trade Unions and the European Commission.

"Sinn Féin will continue to raise this case at the very highest levels and I plan to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg this coming Monday, to enlist further support for the worker's plight and to call for an end to the 'race to the bottom' approach to employment practices throughout the EU." ENDS

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