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Molloy - Dungannon march as relevant today as it was 35 years ago

25 August, 2003


Mid Ulster representative Cllr Francie Molloy, who was on the original 1968 Dungannon to Coalisland Civil Rights March said "Austin Currie's revisionist comments should be left in the 1980s where they belong. The involvement of republicans in the civil rights movement and in support of the demand for equality is well documented and won't be white washed out of the history books just because Mr. Currie would like it to be so." Mr. Molloy said that "The issue of people being allowed to exercise their democratic right to vote is still as relevant today as it was 35 years ago following the cancellation in May of Assembly election by Prime Minister Tony Blair and that is why Sinn Féin organised last weekends Dungannon to Coalisland march."

Sinn Fein councillor Francie Molloy said

"The issue of people being allowed to exercise their democratic right to vote is as relevant today as it was 35 years ago following the cancellation in May of Assembly election by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

"As someone who was a steward on the original march, I was disappointed that civil rights activists like Austin Currie did not respond to our invitation to take part in Saturday's march. What we were campaigning for back then was 'one man - one vote'. Now we find that even though we have the right to vote, we are being denied the right to exercise it by Tony Blair.

"The British Government cannot unilaterally cancel elections like it did in May and think it can escape criticism. It is a denial of a basic right of all people - the right to vote - and it underlines how much further society needs to progress. That should be the focus of all nationalists at this time."ENDS

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