Derry hosts major MEP conference

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A high-powered delegation of 22 Members of the European Parliament will visit Derry over the next few days for a major international conference.

The conference, which has been organised by Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson, will feature contributions by MEPs from across Europe, as well as academics, campaigners and community leaders.

The MEPs, members of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament, arrived in Derry this morning and were welcomed by the Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell prior to embarking on a guided tour.

The two-day conference will be opened by the president of the GUE/NGL group and will also be addressed by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Joe Higgins TD.

Tomorrow’s events will include a series of discussions featuring representatives from political parties and movements across Europe. Panellists will include Professor Peter Shirlow from Queen’s University, Belfast, and Professor Bill Roulston. There will also be a discussion on cross-community engagement featuring Sinn Féin chairperson Declan Kearney, loyalist Leslie Mitchell from the Progressive Unionist Party, and Maureen Collins from Derry breast cancer support group, the Pink Ladies.