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Sinn Féin duo to visit Australia

Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald will visit Australia in September

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald will visit Australia in September

SINN Féin representatives from the Dáil and the House of Commons will be in Australia for speaking engagements in early September.

Party vice-president Mary Lou McDonald TD, and MP for Mid Ulster Francie Molloy will be speaking in support of their Uniting Ireland campaign.

The Uniting Ireland campaign has previously been promoted in Australia by Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty and Martin Ferris, during visits in 2012 and 2011. The Australian end of the campaign was formally launched in Perth last December by federal Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan.

Details of meeting venues have not yet been finalised, but it is anticipated they will speak in Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney.

Sinn Féin recently emerged as the major beneficiary of strong anti-austerity polling in both European and local elections in Ireland.

Speaking before the elections, Ms McDonald said: “It is time for change.

“It is time to make a change at all levels of political life – on the councils, in the Dáil and in Europe. It is time to change from those parties who have failed Ireland and our citizens – Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour,” she said.

In the Republic, Sinn Féin has three European Parliament seats out of 11. In the North, which has three European seats, Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson topped the poll with 25.5 per cent of first preferences.

In council elections in the Republic, Sinn Féin tripled its number of seats. In Northern Ireland’s council elections, Sinn Féin came second in the number of seats won with 105 but got the largest percentage of the overall vote. Its 24.1 per cent share of first preferences was down slightly on its 24.8 per cent in 2011.

“We have just had the best Sinn Féin election in the history of this state,” party leader Gerry Adams said.

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