[Sinn Fein]

28th May 2003

All-Ireland Day of Action to Demand the Right to Vote

Sinn Fein Assembly members, MPs and TDs have called on people to come out tomorrow, Thursday May 29th, to protest the cancellation of the elections and demand the right to vote.  Events have been organised in over 30 towns and cities across the island including: Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Cork, Letterkenny, Galway, Wexford, Kildare, Athlone, Sligo, Limerick, Tralee, Waterford, Omagh, Enniskillen, Lurgan, and Strabane.  Events will also take place in Britain and cities across the  United States.  Speaking in Dublin this afternoon Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said: 

``Tomorrow, 29th May, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Six Counties should be going to the polls to elect 108 Assembly members and a new cross party Executive.  Instead the British government have cancelled the elections, shut down the political institutions and created a dangerous political vacuum. ``The cancelling of the elections is wrong and was taken against the wishes of people across the island of Ireland. It is imperative that the British government reverse this decision and set a date for the Assembly elections. I am calling on people to come out tomorrow and demand the right to vote.

Demand the Right to Vote protests

Six Counties

9.30am                       All Assembly election candidates and elected representatives will hand in a letter of protest to local electoral offices in Ballymoney, Banbridge, Belfast, Derry, Omagh and Glengormely.

11am                     Sinn Fein Press Conference with Gerry Adams, Castle Buildings Belfast to hand in letter of protest


1pm                        Bairbre de Brun will participate in Irish language protest outside An Culturlann on the Falls Road

12-2pm                   City centre protests in Belfast, Omagh, Enniskillen, Lurgan and Derry

5-6.30pm                White line pickets in Belfast, Toomebridge, the Ballygawley roundabout, Strabane, Cloghue, the Kinnego roundabout in Lurgan and the Craigavon bridge in Derry

5pm        White line picket at junction of Antrim Road on the theme of Death of Democracy with Gerry Kelly speaking. White line pickets on Falls Road, Ormeau Road, Short Strand, May St/Victorial St

7.30pm  Belfast City Centre Rally, Belfast City hall



8-9.30am                Leafleting of DART stations across the city


11.00am                  Auction of democracy outside Leinster House

2-4pm                     Pickets at Stephens Green, GPO O'Connell Street and other venues across the city

5-6pm                     White line pickets along major city centre routes

8pm                         Rally outside the British Embassy, with musicians and street theatre


Galway                   Protests in Loughrea, Tuam and Ballinasloe, Street theatre and mock elections in Galway City

Mayo                     Protests in Westport, Ballina, Castlebar and Charlestown

Donegal                 Rally in Letterkenny at 8pm

Sligo                       Protest outside GPO at 5pm 


protests on all the main roads during day and Dublin for 8pm  

N1/N2/N3                Navan, Drogheda and Dundalk - Dublin

N4                           Longford, Edgeworthstown, Mullingar, Kinnegad - Dublin

N6                           Athlone at 10am, Moate 12 noon, Kilbeggan 1pm, Kinnegad,  Dublin

N7/N9                     New Ross, Kilkenny City, Carlow, Naas and onto Dublin

N11                         Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey, Wicklow, Bray - Dublin 


Cork                        Protests in Cork City, Mallow, Middleton, Clonakilty Waterford            Protests in Waterford City


   Protests in Tralee 


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