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Mary Lou McDonald urges Taoiseach to step in and support Dublin woman's plight

26 July, 2006

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP has today sought a meeting with An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to discuss the case of a Dublin woman, whose daughter Celine Conroy lost her life in Alicante Spain nearly one year ago.


Ms Sandra Conroy is seeking help from the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs for help with the cost of a legal case later this year in Spain. Ms Conroy remains 7000 euros short and has appealed to the Taoiseach to personally intervene.


Speaking today Ms McDonald said:


“I have written to both the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs seeking meetings to raise the plight of Ms Sandra Conroy, whose daughter Celine brutally lost her life nearly one year ago in Spain.


“I wish to speak with the Taoiseach regarding this matter and have previously written to both himself and the Department of Foreign Affairs on behalf of Ms Conroy appealing for support, only to be told that help would not be forthcoming.


“With the trial due to take place in the coming months in Spain, Ms Conroy is becoming increasingly desperate to find the legal costs for the forthcoming trial. It is my belief that the Taoiseach could personally intervene and help Ms Conroy in her search for justice.


“I am therefore calling upon the Taoiseach to intervene on this matter. I await a response from both the Taoiseach’s office and from the Department of Foreign Affairs to my request for a meeting in relation to this issue.” ENDS

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