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Great News for Newry – Fairtrade Status

5 March, 2007


Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy has welcomed the confirmation today that Newry City is to be awarded Fair Trade Status. The MP, who facilitated the initial Fair Trade Information meeting that kick started the campaign, said that the fact that Newry had received Fair Trade Status from both Fairtrade Ireland and Fairtrade Foundation (UK) reflected the fact that the City had embraced all aspects and requirements by both bodies to become a truly Fairtrade City on the island of Ireland.

Mr Murphy said:

"In May 2003, Garstang in Lancashire declared itself 'the worlds first Fairtrade Town' and in September 2003, Clonakilty became Ireland's first 'Fairtrade Town' now Newry has joined those ranks.

"I want to congratulate the commitment and dedication of the local Fairtrade steering committee, led by Chairperson Catherine Mallon, which had worked to ensure that the Fairtrade Mark would be awarded within a record timescale.

"Given the achievements of the Newry Fairtrade Group I hope that this will also now encourage other areas to pursue the Fairtrade status.

"There was a huge awareness and interest in the work of Fairtrade, particularly amongst young people.

"This can help people get into the Fairtrade habit and make a direct contribution to the lives of the millions of Third World farmers who depend on selling their crops to survive. Fairtrade guarantees producer organisations a fair and stable price for their products that covers their costs and enables them to support their families and invest in a better future." ENDS

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