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Government must step in with compassionate donation to help Sandra Conroy in her fight for justice - Mary Lou McDonald

25 July, 2006

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP has today appealed to both the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs to assist the family of  Dublin woman Celine Conroy to achieve justice in a forthcoming legal case.

Ms McDonald made her comments after speaking to Celine Conroy’s mother Sandra this afternoon. In August 2005 Ms Conroy’s daughter was found beaten to death in a holiday apartment south of Alicante, Spain. Sinn Féin has made repeated requests to both the Taoiseach and Department of Foreign Affairs to assist Ms Conroy in meeting the legal costs for the trial.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said, “The Conroy family have had a long and difficult year in trying to come to terms with the brutal death of their daughter Celine, who has left behind three children. Both myself and my colleague Councillor Christy Burke have been in constant contact with Celine’s mother Sandra Conroy for a number of months.

“Ms Conroy has been told that she must raise 10,000 euros to be represented at the trial which takes place in Spain later this year. Ms Conroy has been able to raise 3,000 euros but remains 7,000 euros short.

“I have previously written to both the Taoiseach’s office and to the Department of Foreign Affairs on behalf of Ms Conroy appealing for support, only to be told that help would not be forthcoming. An urgent intervention is required if Ms Conroy is to travel to Spain to achieve justice for her daughter.

“I want to take this opportunity to appeal specifically to the Taoiseach to intervene in this matter. The Government could and should make a compassionate donation to the family of Ms Conroy to fight this legal case. This family have nowhere else to turn and urgently require financial support.” ENDS

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