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Bairbre de Brún in NZ and Australia to promote peace process and lobby for IFI funding

1 December, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has embarked on a tour of both Australia and New Zealand to promote the Sinn Féin peace strategy. Ms de Brún has also taken the opportunity to lobby the New Zealand and Australian Governments for further support for the International Fund for Ireland.

The International Fund for Ireland (IFI) sponsors include the EU, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking from New Zealand Ms de Brún said:

"My visit to New Zealand has provided me the opportunity to brief parliamentarians, community activists and the wider Irish community on the current state of the peace process. In particular, the Irish diaspora has been keen to hear at first hand of the political developments at home and in what ways they can be of assistance. During my visit to New Zealand, I have met with representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs among others to discuss a further sponsorship role for the IFI.

"My visit to Australia provides an opportunity to lobby the Australian Government on further support for the peace process. The International Fund for Ireland (IFI) has been a crucial element in assisting peace and reconciliation in Ireland. A financial contribution by the Australian government at this time would provide a signal of confidence in the development of peace in Ireland.

"Over the coming days I will continue to press the case for both political and financial support for the peace process. The projects which are funded through IFI require a consistent level of support if they are to continue the good work which they are engaged in." ENDS

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