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Sinn Féin Assembly Team meet

5 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Assembly Team meet

Sinn Féin's Assembly team in the north today held a planning day in Gulladuff, County Derry.

The meeting was attended by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams; Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness; as well as all of the party's Ministers; MLAs; support staff and the party's MEP for the North Bairbre de Brun.

Speaking after the meeting Mr. Adams said:

"Todays meeting follows on from a similar planning day held by Sinn Féin's Leinster House team earlier this week.

The party north and south is focussed on ensuring that our elected representatives in both legislatures on this island, and in Europe, are prepared for the many difficult challenges facing people in the time ahead.

The reality is that the big issues of the economy; of job losses; fuel poverty; housing; cost of living increases are common problems facing people right across this island.

Sinn Féin is determined to promote and implement policies that can effectively and positively address these issues."

Mr. Adams added:

"I see no real reason why we should not be able to resolve any of the outstanding issues.

The reality is that there are many difficulties bearing down on citiziens at this time.

In my conversations but also in the contibutions ordinary people are making to local radio programmes, its clear that they are deeply worried about increasing prices for fuel and food, the state of the housing market, the risk of losing their home, their job; and the worry about a major recession and its impact.

Yesterday morning the BBC carried a harrowing report on suicide in Dungannon.

There are major changes being proposed to our health service infrastructure.

All of these are real and hugely important issues for everyone; for every family, every pensioner, every single parent, every individual.

The Executive and the assembly can make a real difference in all of these areas.

But we need to work together; we need to be positive and constructive and we all need to be committed to making this partnership government work for every citizen."

Sinn Fein's Assembly Group leader John O Dowd MLA said:

"This week saw the first of the Assembly Committee meet.

The Assembly itself will meet on september 15th.

Todays meeting brings together Sinn Féin's Assembly team; our Ministers, MLAs, party support staff; and party leadership, including our MEP Bairbre de Brún.

It is an opportunity for our Assembly team to come together to discuss our priorities for the coming Assembly term.

What we are about is making the Assembly relevant and accessible to people living in the North and asserting our commitment to making politics work for the people."


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