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Sinn Féin welcome delegation of Dublin community activists to European Parliament

7 November, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has this morning welcomed a delegation of over 20 women community activists from across Dublin to the European Parliament, Brussels. The delegation was accompanied by Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh and party representative Joanne Spain.

The delegation is comprised of representatives of a wide range of community organisations from across the city, who have travelled to Brussels on a fact finding mission with regard to funding issues and the European Commission‚s DAPHNE II programme designed to combat violence against children young people and women.

The delegation was organised through the offices of Mary Lou McDonald MEP.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"I am very pleased to welcome such a diverse group of community activists from across Dublin. Sinn Féin has hosted today‚s visit in order to provide the delegation with an opportunity to meet with the European Commission, fellow MEPs and a range of NGOs to discuss issues such as funding, lobbying and to discuss the DAPHNE II programme, designed to combat violence against children young people and women, with EU officials.

"Today's meetings are an important aspect of community empowerment, allowing groups to come face to face with those who make European law and with those who fund some of their projects. The European Union is a huge bureaucracy and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to assist in breaking down some of the barriers faced by community organisations in Ireland.

"No doubt these organisations will bring back to their communities a wealth of information and experience from their visit to the European Parliament and continue to provide first class community services." ENDS

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