[Sinn Fein]

12th March 2003

Deputy Arthur Morgan Launches Meath Sinn Fein Building and Development Fund Appeal

Deputy Arthur Morgan TD today officially launched. ``The Sinn Fein Building Fund Appeal'' in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan. Also present were Cllr. Joe Reilly MCC, Seamus Lynch, Chairperson, Comhairle Ceanntair na Mi. Anne Gibney (Navan Sinn Fein Office) Caroline O Loinsigh, Comhairle Ceannatair na Mi. Conor Fergusan Kells Sinn Fein.

Speaking at the launch Deputy Morgan said:

``I am delighted to launch this appeal at this exiting time for the party in Meath. I am particularly pleased that the development plan is taking place in the neighbouring constituency of Co. Meath.

This development plan reflects the growing strength of the party in Meath and in the wider European constituency of Leinster. Sinn Fein now has four offices in the constituency of Leinster and plans for opening another office in Wexford in the near future are well advanced. The new Navan office, combined with the party's continued growth means that Sinn Fein will be in a position to mount a massive challenge for a seat in European elections in June next year.

Sinn Fein draws its strength not from big business but from ordinary members of the community. Therefore I am asking all of our friends and supporters to join the ``Twenty Euro a Month Club'' as a means of funding this important and exiting project. I wish you well''.

Speaking at today's launch, Cllr. Joe Reilly said:

``Today marks an important and historic day in the history of Sinn Fein in Meath. From humble beginnings in Market Sq, to purchasing our present office in 1997, to now seeking to build new offices is a credit to the commitment of republicans in the county over many years.

Today Sinn Fein spell out an ambitious five year plan which will see us not only building new offices but aims, over the next five years to have Sinn Fein councilors elected to every local authority body in Meath in 2004, to mount a major challenge for a European seat in Leinster and the election of a Sinn Fein TD for Meath at the next General Election.

The present office structure can no longer meet the needs of the party while the greater needs of the future have also to be addressed. The new office is therefore our priority and will allow us to provide a better, more modern and efficient constituency service for the people of Meath. The new structure will also provide conference rooms etc for party organization in the county. We would hope to have the development completed for the Local and European Elections of next year.

No public funds will be used for the project. We totally rely on our supporters and I am appealing to the republicn and wider community to help us by joining our ``Twenty Euro a Month Club''

In the words of Bobby Sands MP ``Everyone, republican or otherwise has their own particular part ot play. No part is too great or too small, no one is too old or too young to do something.'' Forms can be got for the any member of the party or through the Bobby Sands Centre''

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