Republican News · Thursday 10 Novemeber 2000

[An Phoblacht]

ti-Racist initiative should be taken up by Dáil and Assembly - Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has said that this week's `Anti-Racist Workplace' initiative should be extended to the Dáil and the Assembly ``not just for this week but 52 weeks a year in their attitudes to asylum seekers, refugees and Travellers''.

The `Anti-Racist Workplace' initiative is being supported by the Equality Authority, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Construction Industry Federation and the Irish Business and Employers' Confederation.

Reiterating Sinn Féin's call for asylum seekers to be given the right to work and study while their applications are being considered, Adams said:

``This week's initiative is a welcome one and the sponsors should be congratulated for this, but if it is not just to be a one-week wonder to make us feel good, the initiative should be taken up 52 weeks a year in politicians' attitudes throughout the island and their policies affecting asylum seekers, refugees and Travellers.''

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