Tuesday 17 June, 7pm,
Grimmond Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA.
Westminster Tube, public entrance to Portcullis House, Victoria Embankment.
This event has now taken place
A review of the briefing can be found here.
On Tuesday 17 June Conor Murphy MP and Cllr. Rose Conway Walsh will speak at a Westminster briefing, following Ireland’s European and local elections. They will discuss Sinn Fein’s stunning result, which saw the election of four MEPs, hundreds of councillors and Sinn Fein emerging as the largest party across the island. The meeting will also discuss the political situation following the elections, and recent developments with the peace process.
Speaking in advance of the meeting, Conor Murphy said:
“Last month’s European and local government elections saw a significant change to the political landscape on the island of Ireland. Sinn Fein’s electoral gains have seen the party emerge as the largest party on the the island of Ireland. Sinn Fein topped the poll in a number of areas, electing all four of its MEP candidates, tripled its number of council seats in the south becoming the dominant party in many Councils, including the cities of Derry, Cork, Belfast and Dublin.
We fought the elections on an alternative to austerity and cuts platform, putting the needs of ordinary people first. We stood clearly in support of the peace process and for continued positive change. We stood for equality for all and against racism, bigotry and sectarianism. Our enhanced mandate was a response to this positive and clear message – that a better way is possible.
We have serious and difficult challenges ahead. Making progress on the issues of flags, parades and the past will not be easy. Addressing all of the outstanding issues of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements will be crucial in the upcoming engagements. The meeting this evening will provide an opportunity to discuss all of this with a wider audience. The British government must positively engage with the parties to re-instil momentum in the peace process. Its disengagement in recent times has been detrimental to the efforts to create a society built on equality and inclusivity. This evening will be a chance to discuss the changed political landscape and to hear about the next steps going forward.”
Facebook Event Page can be found HERE
More photos from the evening can be found here.