Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle to meet in Derry for Duke Street anniversary

The senior leadership of Sinn Féin is to meet in Derry this weekend as part of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Duke Street Civil Rights march.

Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney confirmed that the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle will meet in the city ahead of the party’s commemorative march that gets underway from the Duke Street train station at 3pm on Saturday, October 6th.

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney and Councillor Colly Kelly meeting world renowned Irish singer Damien Dempsey on a visit to Museum of Free Derry

“The Duke Street Civil Rights march was a pivotal event in our history and the fact that the Ard Comhairle meeting has been moved from Dublin to Derry is a recognition of the importance of marking this occasion.

“The party leadership including President Mary Lou McDonald and newly-selected candidate for the Irish Presidential election, Liadh Ní Riada will be at the meeting and then taking part in the commemoration.

“I would again call on the people of Derry to join us in not only marking an historic occasion, but also continuing the fight for full rights and equality in the here and now.

“We have come a huge way since 1968 but the LGBT community, women, victims, workers and gaelgoiri are still not afforded their full rights as citizens.

“So join us on Saturday and together, we shall overcome.”