[Sinn Fein]

6 March 2000

Sinn Fein leader to visit New England

Martin Ferris, Sinn Fein Councilor for North Kerry and National Executive Member, will be speaking in New Bedford, Plymouth, West Yarmouth, South Boston, and Norwood as part of a four state Sinn Fein tour of New England during March.

Mr. Ferris will be providing briefings on developments in the peace process in Ireland on Tuesday, March 14th and Wednesday, March 15 (a schedule of times and venues follows). Mr. Ferris will be attending a benefit fund-raiser for Friends of Sinn Fein, which is the US organization which supports the Sinn Fein political party.

Mr. Ferris is a senior republican from county Kerry. He has been an active republican since 1970 and has been jailed on three occasions for his political beliefs.
Since his release from prison in 1994, Mr. Ferris has been at the forefront of promoting Sinn Feinís peace strategy and initiative. His recent political experience includes being a senior negotiator in the Good Friday Agreement and a lead Sinn Fein delegate to the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation convened by the Irish government. Along with Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, he was a member of the first Sinn Fein delegation to meet with a British Prime Minister in seventy-five years.

Mr. Ferris holds two elected positions as a Sinn Fein Councilor on the Kerry County Council and the Tralee Urban District Council. He is also a Sinn Fein national candidate in the next general election for Leinster House. (Dail Eireann)

Mr. Ferris will be speaking at a variety of venues throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island including speaking to student and faculty groups at Boston College and Boston Latin Academy. Additionally, Mr. Ferris will hold a series of community briefings on developments in Ireland and will meet with business and political leaders throughout New England to provide updates.

Mr. Ferris will arrive in Boston on March 13 and return to Ireland on March 19th.

Tuesday, March 14

5:00 PM
Irish Immigrant Pub
818 Kempton Street
New Bedford
(508) 933-0990

7:30 PM
Sean O'Toole's Public House
22 Main Street
(508) 946-3388

Wednesday, March 15th

8:00 AM
The Irish Village
512 Main Street
West Yarmouth
(508) 771-0100

12:00 PM
The Baggot Inn
110 Dorchester Street
Perkins Square, South Boston
(617) 268-4323
7:30 PM
The Apollo Restaurant
615 Washington Street
Norwood Center, Norwood
(781) 769-2883

Saturday, March 18th

2:00 PM
O'Donoghue's Pub
176 Douglas Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 453-6653

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