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Bairbre de Brún to step down from European Parliament

3 May, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today announced that the party’s MEP representing the north, Bairbre de Brún, has submitted her resignation to the European Parliament.

 Mr Adams said:

“Bairbre de Brún has submitted her resignation as MEP to the European Parliament. Bairbre has taken this decision for personal reasons and I would ask that the media and others respect her privacy in this matter.

 “I have worked closely with Bairbre for over 30 years in the leadership of Sinn Féin. She has served diligently and effectively in a variety of roles including head of our International Department, a Good Friday Agreement negotiator, an MLA for west Belfast, a Minister in the Executive and latterly as MEP for the six counties. She topped the poll in the 2009 European elections.

 “While Bairbre has resigned from her current position in the European Parliament, she remains a senior figure within Sinn Féin.

 “The party will now begin the task of selecting a new MEP. A convention will be held.

“I thank Bairbre for her work over many years and for her friendship and look forward to working with her in the future. Republicans everywhere I am sure will join me in extending best wishes."

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