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Sinn Féin MLA’s visit Scottish Parliament

11 June, 2008

A delegation of Sinn Fein MLA's from the Assembly are today visiting the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The group includes John O'Dowd MLA, Assembly group leader and Education spokesperson, Sue Ramsey MLA, vice-chair of the Employment & Learning Committee, and Sean Oliver, Sinn Fein organiser for Scotland, England and Wales.

The purpose of the one day trip is to update Scottish MSP's on recent developments in the political process in Ireland, and to focus on the specific issues of education and justice.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"We will be meeting with representatives of all the parties and independents represented in the Scottish Parliament. We are keen to learn about their experience in the areas of education and higher education, training and skills. We will be meeting the spokespersons on these issues from all of the parties, to learn from each other on this important issue.

"In addition, we will be meeting with the convenor of the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee, which covers the areas of policing and justice. This will be a very useful engagement for us, given the need for the Assembly to be prepared for the transfer of those powers from Westminster, and to learn about how both the Department and the Scrutiny Committee structures function in Scotland.

"We will also be discussing other areas of potential co-operation between Ireland and Scotland, including the new Interreg IV programme (which for the first time includes Western Scotland as well as both parts of Ireland), and other matters which fall under the British-Irish arrangements arising from the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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