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Corbyn 'must protect Ireland's interests'

By David Young, PA

Sinn Fein leaders are to tell Jeremy Corbyn that Irish interests must be protected whatever the outcome of his Brexit negotiations with the Prime Minister.

Party president Mary Lou McDonald and vice president Michelle O'Neill will hold talks with the Labour leader in London today.

Mrs McDonald outlined the message she would deliver to Mr Corbyn while unveiling the party's European and local council election candidates in Roganstown in Co Dublin yesterday.

"We spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May in the course of last week and tomorrow a Sinn Fein delegation will go to London," the republican leader said.

"We will meet with Jeremy Corbyn.

"We will set out again the very clear need to protect Irish interests and make it very clear that whatever way Brexit lands - deal or no-deal - Irish interests have to be protected."

Ms McDonald added: "Our peace process, our all-Ireland economy and crucially, our citizens' rights, cannot be the collateral damage to the Tory Brexit."

Mr Corbyn has been a long-time supporter of Sinn Fein.

Speaking after a meeting with Mr Corbyn last month, Ms McDonald said they "are of one mind in terms of protecting the Good Friday Agreement, in terms of the need for a backstop".

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