Sinn Fein leader in the north, Michelle O’Neill is to speak at a major public meeting in Derry this week.
Ms. O’Neill, who took over the reigns from the late Martin McGuinness earlier this year, is due to address an audience at the City Hotel on Thursday, April 6, at 7.30pm, alongside Donegal TD Pearse Doherty.
The event was originally due to take place two weeks ago, but was cancelled after the death of Mr McGuinness.
In an interview with the Journal just days prior to Mr McGuinness’ death, Ms O’Neill described him as an inspiration. She said: “He has epitomised genuine positive political leadership and his leadership has been recognised throughout the world.”
In the interview Ms. O’Neill gives her views on issues such as the expansion of Magee and infrastructure for the north west, the implications of Brexit for Derry and Donegal, and the importance of addressing mental health issues.
Speaking ahead of the public conference on Thursday, Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said: “Sinn Féin is organising a series of Community Engagement Meetings across the north, led by the Sinn Féin leadership. These are public meetings, open to everyone and the maximum effort needs to be put in to mobilise for each of them. No other party presents themselves in front of the public like this. Our new party leader in the north, Michelle O’Neill, will be the main speaker at the Derry meeting.”
For Journal interview with Michelle O’Neill, see Page 37.