Proposals to end crisis in health service, affordable housing and upcoming elections will top the agenda at Sinn Féin Ard Fheis
Speaking at the launch of the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2007 Clár today Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald said "Proposals to end the crisis in the health service, a new innovative housing policy document and the upcoming elections, north and south, will top the agenda at this weekend's Ard Fheis in Dublin."
Ms McDonald said, "This year's Ard Fheis takes place just days before critical elections in the north and months out from the General Election. Delegates and visitors from across Ireland will gather in confident mood. They will discuss a wide range of motions but there will be a particular focus on what the party's priorities will be in the power-sharing Executive if it is formed on March 26th and on the policies which would top Sinn Féin's agenda in any negotiations for government in the 26 Counties.
"This weekend the party will set out proposals to end the crisis in the health service, a new innovative housing policy document, a road safety initiative and an extensive document on workers rights. We will also discuss key motions relating to the re-establishment of the political institutions in the Six Counties and preparations for Irish unity.
"Because the elections in the Six Counties will take place on Wednesday 7th this year's Ard Fheis will finish on Saturday evening after Gerry Adams' Presidential Address. On Sunday members from throughout Ireland will join the election campaign in constituencies across the north to help return the strongest possible Sinn Féin team to the Assembly." ENDS
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