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De Brún - Sinn Féin delegation in Boston for Harvard Seminar

22 July, 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Human Rights and Equality Bairbre de Brún is in Boston this week with party colleagues Robbie Smyth - General Secretary and Lucilita Bhreatnach - Head of Equality Department, to attend the 'Justice in Times of Transition' seminar in Harvard University. Ms de Brún has described the seminar as a welcome opportunity to discuss issues of governance but said what is urgently required to put these into practice is the holding of elections and the re-establishment of the political institutions.'

Speaking from Boston today Ms de Brún said:

"Over the last number of years Harvard University has run a series of seminars directly related to the peace process under the auspices of the Justice in Times of Transition programme. All of these seminars have allowed a very valuable exchange of information and have afforded an opportunity to discuss issues of governance as we move out of conflict.

"Of course the primary difficulty that we currently face is the absence of political institutions and the fact that the British government has refused to set a date for Assembly elections. The British government should stop undermining democracy and allow good governance to develop throughout Ireland."ENDS

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