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Ógra launch Road Safety Campaign - Moilligh Síos

Ógra Shinn Féin launched its new National Road Safety Campaign in Omagh, County Tyrone last Saturday, 4 August.  Dozens of Ógra activists mobilised on High Street for a number of hours this morning to distribute over a thousand leaflets and hold a protest, with banners and posters reading ‘Moilligh Síos!’
‘Moilligh Síos!’ translated as Slow Down will be the theme for the peer based campaign.
National Organiser of Ógra Shinn Féin, Barry McColgan speaking from the protest said,
“We attended the launch of Sinn Féin’s All Ireland Road Safety policy on Wednesday and we made it very clear that this would be an activist led, community based campaign.
“Road deaths are one of the biggest killers of our young people in Ireland.  So far this year 264 people have lost their lives on Irish roads.  We have a responsibility as a youth movement to play our part in combating many of these preventable deaths, and we all have a responsibility as a community to campaign for more awareness and for practical measures that will impact and lower the number of fatalities on roads.
“We will be approaching the campaign from a youth perspective, and using our young activists to act as peer leaders in engaging with young people on Road Safety. We feel that this is one aspect of the broad campaign which has yet to be developed on and could potentially be one of the most impacting.”
“The campaign begins today but in the weeks and months ahead we aim to bring the message of road safety across Ireland.  The campaign will include days of action, protests, erecting murals, petitions, lobbying, public meetings. and we will of course in all of this be campaigning to ensure that the proposals from the road safety policy paper are adopted.”
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