[Sinn Fein]

7 November 2000

Anti-Racist Workplace initiative should be taken up by Dáil and Assembly 52 weeks a year - Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP has said that this week's `Anti-Racist Workplace' initiative should be extended to the Dáil and the Assembly in the Six Counties ``not just for this week but 52 weeks a year in their attitudes to asylum seekers, refugees and Travellers''.

The `Anti-Racist Workplace' initiative is being supported by the Equality Authority, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Construction Industry Federation and the Irish Business and Employers' Confederation.

Reiterating Sinn Fein's call for asylum seekers to be given the right to work and study while their applications are being considered, Mr Adams said:

``This week's initiative is a welcome one and the sponsors should be congratulated for this, but if it is not just to be a one-week wonder to make us feel good, the initiative should be taken up 52 weeks a year in politicians' attitudes throughout the island and  their policies affecting asylum seekers, refugees and Travellers.''

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