South and East Belfast Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Public Meetings (Policing issue)

19 January, 2007

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald


Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald was today joined at a press conference in Belfast by party colleagues Cllr. Caral NíChuilin and Conor Murphy MP to announce details of the public meetings which will be held as part of the Sinn Féin consultation in advance of the Ard Fheis on Policing.

Ms McDonald said:

"As we outlined after our Ard Chomhairle meeting last weekend we are committed to conducting a widespread consultation and debate with the republican grassroots in the run up to the special Ard Fheis on January 28th. We also committed to holding a series of meetings with the wider republican and nationalist community, including the families of our patriot dead and victims of state murder and collusion.

"Part of this will include internal party meetings, bigger republican gatherings and six public meetings beginning this Saturday. The public meetings will be scheduled as follows:

Saturday 20th - Arby's, Toome, at 2pm

Saturday 20th - Galbally, County Tyrone at 6pm

Sunday 21st - Newcastle Centre at 6.30pm

Monday 22nd - Canal Court Hotel, Newry at 7pm

Tuesday 23rd - Slieve Russell, Ballyconnell at 7.00pm

Wednesday 24th - Clonard Monastery, Belfast at 7:30pm

Thursday 25th - Millennium Centre, Derry at 7pm


"An additional public meeting will be held in Lurgan at 2pm on Sunday. These meetings will provide an opportunity for ordinary members of the public to come along and engage in this crucial debate. Members of the party leadership and local area representatives will take part in all of the public meetings.

"Ending political and partisan policing and establishing a democratically accountable policing service in the north is a massive challenge for all nationalists and republicans. However achieving such an outcome would be a massive advance. We now believe that engaging in this consultation and debate and holding a special Ard Fheis is the necessary next step." ENDS