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'Making Rights Real in a New Ireland'

5 June, 2006

Sinn Féin is organising a Belfast-wide community consultation event titled 'Making Rights Real in a New Ireland' on Wednesday June 14th, at 10.30am, in Clifton House, North Queen Street, Belfast.

The Conference intends to discuss Sinn Fein's draft "Rights for All" discussion document, as well as updating interest groups from across Belfast on the prospect of a Roundtable Forum on the north's Bill of Rights getting underway in the Autumn period.

Former Lord Mayor of Belfast and South Belfast MLA, Alex Maskey will address the conference alongside, South Down Sinn Fein MLA Catriona Ruane and North Belfast MLA Kathy Stanton.

Commenting on the event, Kathy Stanton MLA said:

"The vision of an Ireland that is at peace with itself and with our nearest neighbours in Britain is a shared aspiration for most of the people of Ireland.

"There are many different expressions of that ideal and decisions on the constitutional, political, social and economic future of the island of Ireland can only be arrived at through the most thorough and inclusive dialogue, political discourse and negotiation by the people of Ireland.

"The 'Rights For All' document is a contribution to that discussion.  This draft paper sets out ideas that Sinn Féin believes to be essential human rights that should be constitutionally enshrined in an Ireland of the future.

"The Rights as outlined are not set in stone, but are drawn up as a basis for consultation with the people of this island.  Sinn Féin believes that all of civic society should engage in this discussion to frame the New Ireland that will emerge and to that end we aim to conduct as wide a consultation as possible."ENDS

Note to Editor: 'Rights For All' is available for download at

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