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Anderson welcomes MacBride pledge

18 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA and Equality Spokesperson Martina Anderson has welcomed a commitment that anyone applying for the $150 million US investment package for the North last week must sign up to the MacBride Principles.

Ms. Anderson said:

"I would like to congratulate the New York City comptroller William Thompson for his commitment to distribute the Emerald Fund on the basis of equality.

"Sinn Féin and others have long been calling for any and all investment in the North to be used in such a way that it tackles existing disparities and promotes genuine equality of opportunity.

"The MacBride Principles and Mr. Thompson's commitment to the principle of equality will go a long way to achieving that.

"We do not want to see the kind of situation we had in the past where investment was skewed towards already affluent areas while the poorest and most deprived areas were ignored.

"If we are to genuinely make a difference to the lives of our people then we need investment with fairness and I am delighted that Mr. Thompson's is committed to distributing the Emerald fund on that basis." ENDS

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