Breen accepts Presidential Invitation to meet Burmese Pro-Democracy Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

June 18th, 2012 - Pat Breen

p1040460Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. is on his way to Aras an Uachtarain this morning (Monday) to meet with the Burmese Pro-Democracy Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who is on a stopover in Dublin as part of her two week historic visit to Europe.

“I am delighted to accept President Michael D Higgins invitation to Aras an Uachtarain, this afternoon to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and I am really looking forward to meeting her in person.”

“Over the years, in various forums I had the opportunity to support the International Campaign for her release. The Committee of Foreign Affairs & Trade, of which, President Michael D Higgins was an active member has supported the International Campaign for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi release down through the years.”

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who has spent much of her life under house arrest and detention before finally being released in November 2010, is an icon and an inspiration for all those who strive for democracy though out the world. Two decades after she will was first awarded the Nobel Peace Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel Peace Prize 1991; “for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights” she has finally received it.”

“Her visit to Ireland is very special and as well as this formal meeting in the Aras, she will also be awarded the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience at a Concert in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre followed by the awarding of the Freedom of Dublin City which she was awarded 12 months by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague.”