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Sinn Féin to announce details of second annual 'Day of Reflection'

7 December, 2005

Sinn Féin will hold a press conference tomorrow, Thursday 8th December, at 2pm in the party's Sevastopol Street offices to announce details of the second annual Day of Reflection organised by Sinn Fein Mayors and Chairs across the Six Counties.

Building on the initiatives last year in Fermanagh, Derry City, Magherafelt, Strabane and Omagh, Sinn Féin first citizens in Omagh, Strabane, Fermanagh, Magherafelt, Derry City, Moyle and Newry and Mourne Councils will be holding a variety of 'Day of Reflection' events this year on December 10th to mark International Human Rights Day.

Speaking ahead of the press conference Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin MLA said:

"Last year Sinn Féin mayors and chairs throughout the six counties initiated a number of events to mark a Day of Reflection.

"In the past 12 months Sinn Fein have built upon this work. It is guided by a commitment to providing civic leadership and equality. It is about facing up to the challenge of building peace and tackling difficult and divisive issues through engagement between people of different faiths and traditions.

"It is a genuine efforts to acknowledge the loss of all those who have died as a result of war and conflict and to acknowledge all those who still live with the pain and memory of that loss.

"The Day of Reflection events are not intended to replace the existing commemorative events but are underpinned by a desire to provide civic leadership with the aim of promoting reconciliation and equality.

"We hope that these efforts will build upon the important work by former Derry Mayor Gerry O Hara and by Alex Maskey, during his term as mayor of Belfast, to develop the concept of recognising the experiences of all equally, and together." ENDS

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