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Sinn Fein to hold solidarity with Irish Ferries Workers protest Friday evening

25 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today demanded, "that Irish Ferries pull back from the brink of serious industrial unrest and pull their bully boys off their ships in Wales."

Speaking today in Dublin, Cllr. Doolan said:

"What is happening on the Irish Ferries ships is nothing short of a declaration of industrial war. The heavy handed tactics has shocked the public. In a show of solidarity with the unions and employees, Sinn Fein will be hosting a series of events this evening in towns and cities across the state. The main event will be a protest at the GPO, Dublin today at 5.30pm.

"The actions of Irish Ferries will seriously threaten the future of Social Partnership, the negotiations are already is freefall, this could well be their death knell. If Partnership fails it's demise can be attributed to a hapless Taoiseach and the actions of a management reminiscent of the 1913 lock out.

Sinn Fein will continue to support the workers and their unions in whatever way we can. I have spoken to both SIPTU and the Seamen's Union today and offered our ongoing solidarity. We intend to work with the unions until the issue is fully resolved and the workforce is firmly back in place."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, demanded An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, "to condemn the action of Irish Ferries and to use his influence to resolve the matter as soon as possible."

Solidarity Protest today, Friday Nov 25th, 5.30pm GPO, O'Connell St Dublin

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