[Sinn Fein]

25 September 2001

Proceeds of FOSF fundraiser to go to New York victims

Sinn Fein Representative in the United States Rita O'Hare has today announced that `all the money raised by a major Friends of Sinn Fein fundraiser scheduled for November 1st will be for the benefit of the families of those in the New York City Construction Industry killed in the World Trade Center atrocity.

She said:

`` The annual Friends of Sinn Fein dinner in New York was arranged some time ago for November 1st.

`` While many segments of society have suffered terribly, such as the firemen, the police officers, restaurant workers, brokers and others, the New York Construction Industry has been the backbone of our support during the crucial years of our peace process.

`` Accordingly Friends of Sinn Fein recommended that the dinner should proceed but that all of the money raised would benefit the families of those in the Construction Industry who were killed.

`` Sinn Fein is pleased to accept this recommendation and Gerry Adams is looking forward to his visit and to being able to play a part in helping some of those directly bereaved.''

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