MEPs’ visit is ‘big success for city’

MEPs from the European Parliament's GUE/NGL group pictured at a conference in the City Hotel organised by Sinn F�in MEP Martina Anderson. (1705MM12) Picture by Olivier Hansen.
MEPs from the European Parliament's GUE/NGL group pictured at a conference in the City Hotel organised by Sinn F�in MEP Martina Anderson. (1705MM12) Picture by Olivier Hansen.
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An international delegation of more than 100 people from the European Parliament visited Derry this week to take part in a major two-day conference.

The delegation included 22 MEPs from the GUE/NGL group who were in Ireland as part of a study visit to mark the Irish presidency of the EU.

The conference, which was organised by Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson, was held in the City Hotel and included a bank of interpreters providing live translation in a variety of European languages.

Speakers included academics, politicians including Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, trade unionists and community workers who discussed the background to the conflict in the North and the progress of the peace process.

The group also went on a tour of the Bogside area and visited the Museum of Free Derry and were entertained at ‘The Flying Clipper’ restaurant at the NWRC.