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Much more needs to be done to support Irish community in Britain - SF

16 November, 2005

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh today led a party delegation to meet with voluntary organisations working with the Irish community in Britain. Following the trip Sinn Féin will be seeking meetings with the Irish and British governments to demand greater support for the Irish in Britain. Also on the delegation are North Belfast MLA Kathy Stanton, Donegal Councillor Pearse Doherty and Monaghan Councillor Matt Carthy.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"Sinn Féin has undertaken a two-day trip to London to meet with a range of Irish voluntary organisations and elected representatives who have many years experience working with the Irish in Britain. We want to see at first hand the experience of the Irish community, particularly those who are living on the margins of society. Homelessness and isolation have become a depressing fact of life for far too many of our emigrants in Britain. According to the Simon Community Irish emigrants today make up an appalling 60% of homeless people who are sleeping rough in London

"There is an urgent need for the Irish and British governments to provide greater resources for Irish voluntary groups working in Britain. There is a huge responsibility on all of us to ensure that those who contributed so much to the Irish economy during very harsh times are not now forgotten. Following this trip we will be seeking meetings with the Irish and British governments to demand action."

Among those they will be meeting are: Hammersmith Irish Centre, Cricklewood homeless Concern, London Irish Centre, Federation of Irish societies, councillors from the London Irish Councillors Network, Redmond O'Neill from the London Mayors Office, St. Mungo's project, Brent Irish Advisory Service and John McDonnell MP.

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