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Catholic Church meeting very useful - Adams

7 November, 2007

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP along with party colleagues Martina Anderson MLA, Jennifer McCann MLA, Paul Butler MLA, Francie Brolly MLA and Senator Pearse Doherty, this morning met with a delegation from the Catholic Church led by Archbishop Sean Brady - Cardinal designate.

Speaking after the meeting in Parliament Buildings Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

"Today's meeting with Archbishop Brady and his colleagues was a helpful and positive engagement.

The meeting provided the Sinn Féin and Catholic Church delegations with an opportunity to explore social, economic, ethical and other issues of common interest.

These included issues like education, the Irish language, poverty, policing and equality and the Bill of Rights, as well as truth, ethical life issues, suicide prevention and child protection issues.

The restoration of the political institutions provides a real potential for local politicians, working in partnership with people and institutions like the Churches, to effectively tackle many of the problems and issues of concern in our society.

None of this will happen overnight, but the recent Programme for Government produced by the Executive provides one example of how by using economic growth and Public Procurement - the buying power of the departments - and by applying Equality Impact Assessments, we can begin the process of addressing inequality and poverty, including regionally within the north.

This mornings meeting was very useful and we look forward to building on this engagement in the weeks and months ahead." Deireadh

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