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Junior Minister tells United States of continued hope for the future

22 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly MLA along with Jeffrey Donaldson will tell the United States of their continued hope for the future during their two-day visit to America.

The Ministers will undertake a series of engagements with the highlight being the receipt of the Peace Dove Award on Wednesday evening when they address the Co-Operation Ireland dinner in New York. The Award is presented annually to an honoree(s) who has been involved in peace work and/or the peace process.

On Wednesday, Junior Minister Kelly will also visit The Door youth project in Lower Manhattan. This project aims to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. It also offers after school programmes, as well as three different career development programs for older teens.

Later that evening the Ministers will address the Cooperation Ireland dinner in the Roosevelt Hotel New York where they will talk about the progress which has been made here economically and socially.

Gerry Kelly said:

"We are on a journey out of conflict and division and other countries across the world can learn from us. Our message to our friends in the US is that through courage and dialogue the most intractable of problems can be overcome." ENDS

Notes to Editors

The Co-operation Ireland Annual Dinner Award is awarded annually to an honoree (s) who has been involved in peace work and/or the peace process in Northern Ireland. Previous honorees include President Mary McAleese, President Mary Robinson, Senator George Mitchell and Mayor Giuliani.

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