Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson is hosting a 22-strong delegation of MEPs at a conference covering a wide range of topics in Derry’s City Hotel over the next two days. Including the MEPs the delegation will involve over 100 international guests visiting the City.

Martina Anderson said:

“I welcome the opportunity to host the Northern leg of the visit to Ireland by this large contingent of MEPs representing the GUE/NGL grouping at the European Parliament.

“During the two day event there will be open discussion on a wide range of topics from the background to the conflict to the fight-back to austerity and the economic alternatives and challenges for left politics.

“Among those addressing the Conference will be deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA and Socialist Party Leader Joe Higgins TD.

“Other contributors include, Peter Shirlow, Queens University, Professor Bill Rolston, University of Ulster, Sinn Féin Chairperson, Declan Kearney, PUP Foyle Chairperson, Leslie Mitchell, NIPSA President Patrick Mullholland and Maureen Collins of the ‘Pink Ladies’.

“A debate on the International Dimension of the Irish Peace Process will include representatives of organisations involved in peace processes in other areas of conflict throughout the world.

“International Peace Process speakers include Akif Wan, Representative of the Kurdish national Congress (KNK), Kurdistan, T. U. Senan; Representative of Tamil Solidarity, Sri Lanka, Gorka Elejabarietta; Representative of Sortu, Basque Country and Adnan Shabab, Representative of the delegation of Palestine to Ireland.”