[Sinn Fein]

23rd June 2003

Adams congratulates MacManus on his election as Mayor of Sligo

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP this afternoon congratulated Cllr. Sean MacManus on his election as Mayor of Sligo for the second time in three years and said that it reflected the ongoing rise of the party across the island. This follows the election earlier today of Cllr. Pat O Rawe as Chair of Armagh Council.

Mr. Adams said:

``The election this afternoon of Councillor Sean MacManus as Mayor of Sligo for the second time in three years is an endorsement of his last term in office and reflects the growth of Sinn Fein as a radical, campaigning alternative in politics.

``When last in office Seán MacManus led the way in highlighting the need for an all-Ireland solution to the structural discrimination of the West and North West. The need to develop an integrated regional development strategy to redress the legacy of neglect and under investment remains a key priority.

``Sinn Fein is the only all-Ireland party. Our commitment is to equality and inclusiveness and we are ready to work with others who share that commitment right across Ireland in our communities, on the streets and in elected office.

``All those within our party who have been elected as Mayors and Chairs will work on behalf of all of the people of their respective towns and cities. They will also lead the way in bringing about real social and economic change and to build for Irish unity.''

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