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Mary Lou McDonald embarks upon series of meetings with community sector in Dublin Central

11 January, 2006

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has today held the first in a series of meetings with groups across the Dublin Central constituency.

Today's event was also attended by Party President Gerry Adams and city councillor Christy Burke.

A number of community organizations including anti-drugs projects, parent and children's groups and employment schemes attended the event at Jury's Croke Park Hotel.

Speaking after the event Ms McDonald said:

"Today's event was about meeting with key people in the community sector to discuss issues of common concern. As part of the engagement I also met with some of the women community activists who were part of a broader delegation to the European Parliament late last year.

"Many of the people we met with today are working at the coalface of the anti-drugs movement, tackling crime, providing adult education and youth provision. They are working tirelessly to improve the standard of living for people in local areas.

"It was clear from today's discussions that there are many people who have been left behind by Celtic Tiger Ireland, let down by the health system and unable to find affordable housing. But I do sense a fight back in local communities, people across Ireland are prepared to stand up and protect worker's rights and whole communities - the Rossport and Irish Ferries campaigns are a testament to this.

"Today's event is the first in a series of meetings by me designed to proactively listen to the concerns of local communities and work with them to help resolve many of their issues and concerns. I also want to pay tribute to the work of local Sinn Féin councilors Christy Burke and Nicky Kehoe who have worked tirelessly in their local areas over this past number of years." ENDS

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