Thursday, 20 September 2012

Dear All,

The Irish Night at the PCS Conference, on 22nd May, was a great success! We sold more than 150 tickets at the price of £5 each. Many, certainly enjoyed the music by the Saoirse Irish band from Wexford. The event took place at the Fortune of War bar on the beach in Brighton and it was, certainly, very warm that evening.

I made the introductory speech on behalf of "CRAIC (Campaign for the Rights and Actions of Irish Communities) Fighting the Cuts." The intention of our campaign is to fight the recent cuts that are affecting Irish Community groups in Britain such as the closure of Irish centres and evictions of Travellers. In addition, we are committed to fighting poverty and austerity in Ireland as well as campaigning against cuts in public services in Northern Ireland. Our main guest speaker was Mike O'Brien from the United Left Alliance who updated us on the recent austerity hitting the Irish people and there is every reason that we should encourage all our relatives across the Irish Sea to vote "No" in the referendum on Thursday.

I would like to thank everyone who came to the Irish Night as well as those people who helped in selling the tickets at conference. A breakthrough in terms of finances was easily achieved and I will provide a breakdown of the accounts at the AGM of which we have planned for the end of June.

Hopefully, I will be organising more events and intend to start expanding our campaign.

If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours fraternally

Austin Harney,
Chair of CRAIC Fighting the Cuts.

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