Brady thanks Newry vigil attendees

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Friday, September 11th, 2015
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Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has thanked all those who turned out to a candle lit vigil in Newry on Wednesday in support of refugees fleeing war torn countries.
 Sinn Fein reps MP Mickey Brady, MLA Megan Fearon with Cllrs Charlie Casey, Valerie Harte and Liz Kimmins along with Sarah Jane McAllister at the vigil on Wednesday.

Sinn Fein’s MP Mickey Brady, MLA Megan Fearon with Cllrs Charlie Casey, Valerie Harte and Liz Kimmins along with Sarah Jane McAllister at the vigil on Wednesday

The Sinn Féin MP addressed the crowd along with party colleagues MLA Megan Fearon and Cllr Charlie Casey. “I want to thank our youth group Óige Oirialla for organising the event. They are a tremendously active, aware and energetic group and a real credit not only to Sinn Féin but to the young people of the area,” he said. “Without them we may not have had the chance to stand with other towns and cities across Ireland and voice our disgust at the way our fellow human beings, in desperate situations, are being treated. “None of us could have failed to have been moved by the horrific images of human death and misery seen on our televisions and newspapers over the past few weeks and months. It is poignant that this vigil was held in Newry, just a few weeks before the city plays host to the National Famine Commemoration,” he continued. “When reacting to this human tragedy we must remember that 170 years ago Irish people, people from this area, indeed this very city, also risked life and limb to cross treacherous waters. These people were also herded into cramped boats like cattle by unscrupulous traffickers. “They too traveled for weeks on end, in the midst of death and disease, in the hopes of a better life. They too were fleeing persecution, starvation and death and just like those fleeing Syria and other war torn countries they were not migrants or scroungers; they were refugees. Brady added, “In typically generous fashion the people of Newry who made their way to the vigil also brought donations with them, raising over £100 and filling two cars with essential supplies.

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