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Sinn Féin welcome Health Minister's first steps in welcoming migrant workers to Ireland

28 June, 2007

He said,

"This new booklet providing key information about health services, which is available in English and in thirteen other languages, provides a good start in welcoming the "New Irish" to our country.
"Although Minister Mc Gimpsey failed to produce a version in Irish, which is against the spirit of the St Andrews Committments and which is a matter I shall write to him about, I believe this is a small symbolic step in changing our national dynamic for the better and creating more potential for real cultural diversification."

"Migrant workers provide an invaluable service and contribute greatly to the socio-economic enrichness of our society. Ireland is no longer just a country of Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter, of native Irish, planters, and an occupying colonial power, of traveller and settled people, rather the emigration trend has reversed itself and Ireland has become home to people from every region in the world. I join with Minister Mc Gimpsey in sending our new communities a huge cead míle fáilte romhaibh!"

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