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Bairbre de Brún briefs Australian parliamentarians on peace process

3 December, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has been briefing Australian parliamentarians about the current state of the peace process in Ireland. Ms de Brún said that there had been a "great deal of interest in Irish affairs, and in particular, the on-going peace process".

Ms de Brún embarked on a tour of both New Zealand and Australia as part of Sinn Féin's centenary celebrations to promote the peace process and to lobby the case for renewed financial support for peace and reconciliation through the International Fund for Ireland. In recent days she has taken part in a range of events in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Speaking from Australia Ms de Brún said:

"This week's visit to Australia follows on from the visit to New Zealand earlier this week where I met with politicians, members of the business community, and a range of community activists and groups, and with Ernie Davis, senior advisor to NZ Minister for Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters.

"In the course of my visit to Australia I have held meetings with Mr Kevin Rudd MP Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator George Campbell, Opposition Whip in the Senate and Chair of the Parliamentary Irish Group and Bruce Billson MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. Our meetings took place at the Federal Parliament in Parliament House in Canberra, where we discussed a wide range of issues including the peace process.

"I also met with a range of parliamentarians at the ACT State Parliament from the Labour Party, Liberal party and Green Party, with Mr Matthew Cossey, Secretary and Campaign Director of the Australian Labour Party, with Executive Members of the Canberra Irish Business Association, and with other leading members of the Canberra Irish community.

"I also met with the business sector and leading members of the Irish community in Melbourne.

"I was delighted to have had a welcome hosted for me in the State parliaments in Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney.

"There is a great deal of interest in Irish affairs and, in particular, in the on-going peace process. I briefed the parliamentarians on the need for the re-establishment of the political institutions and the speedy resolution of all outstanding political issues. I have urged all of those whom I have met to continue assisting the search for peace and reconciliation in Ireland." ENDS

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