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Mayo Intercultural Action
Mary Robinson Visits MIA
9, Jul 2008 - 23:47

Jacki Costello (administrator), Mary Robinson, Therese Ruane (MIA coordinator) and Bridget Breen (Project Worker).

Mary Robinson took some time out from her holidays to pay a private visit to Mayo Intercultural Action (MIA) on Monday 7 July last. She met with representatives from the immigrant population in Mayo.  This included  Asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who are active and show leadership in their communities. The MIA Intercultural Singing Group entertained Mary during her visit to Mayo Intercultural Action.

Mary Robinson, ex-president of Ireland and the former, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997 to 2002).  In 2002, she founded and currently heads up the New York based, Realizing Rights, Ethical Globalisation Initiative whose mission is to put human rights standards at the heart of global governance and policy-making and to ensure that the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable are addressed on the global stage.

Mary Robinson meets Grace, an asylum seeker living in Mayo.

Thérese Ruane of MIA said:

“It’s great that Mary Robinson had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the refugee and migrant population living here in Mayo.  She is deeply committed to human rights and to a fair and humane asylum and migration policy.  This visit demonstrates how important it is to her to meet with refugees and immigrants living in her home County.  It also shows the value she places on the work of MIA and the real difference that MIA  is making in the lives of immigrants here in Mayo.”

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