Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on the Government to formally issue an invitation to Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to address the Dáil next month as plans are finalised for a visit to Dublin as a part of a Europe trip.
Deputy Ó Fearghaíl said: “There is huge admiration in this country for Aung San Suu Kyi and the campaign for freedom and democracy that she has led for decades in Burma and paid a significant price for. I am delighted to hear that she is in a position to undertake a European tour and that plans are underway for her to visit Ireland. I believe the government should step-up to the mark and formally invite Aung San Suu Kyi to address the Oireachtas.
“I understand Ms Suu Kyi will be addressing both houses of parliament when she visits London as part of the European trip and I believe she would very much welcome an opportunity to speak to the Irish people and thank them for the support that has been shown to Burma and her campaign over many years.
“I have personally raised the case of Aung San Suu Kyi in the Dáil before and my party leader Micheál Martin has highlighted and spoken against her treatment at the hands of the regime in Burma while Minister for Foreign Affairs. I will be raising this issue with the Government Chief Whip and other whips in the Dáil. I believe there would be cross party support for an invitation being extended to Ms. Suu Kyi to address the Oireachtas and I hope the Government will consider this proposals constructive and timely.”