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Gerry Adams meets key US investors

12 June, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA is in New York this week for a major conference on Saturday on Irish Unity.

Today the Sinn Féin leader met two key US investors who last year and earlier this year announced almost $200m of investment for the north.

This afternoon Mr. Adams met New York State Comptroller Tom Di Napoli. In March this year Mr. Di Napoli announced a $35m investment, which he is targeting at the Derry area.

Later Mr. Adams met Bill Thompson the New York City Comptroller who last year announced a $150 million investment package for the north.

Mr. Adams separate discussions with the two New York comptrollers covered a range of matters.

Speaking afterward Mr. Adams said:

“I welcomed the determination of both Mr. Thompson and Mr. Di Napoli to push ahead with their investment commitments despite the serious world recession.

I also welcomed their commitment to the equality criteria and to ensuring social outcomes from their investments which would benefit disadvantaged areas of the north.

It is important that these investments are seen to break the discriminatory patterns of the past.”

Mr. Adams added:

“The reality is that the North of Ireland and in particular areas like west Belfast and the border areas and west of the Bann have suffered from years of institutional, social and political discrimination.

The priority for Sinn Féin is to end these inequalities and to ensure that any investment is used effectively to address existing patterns of social and economic disadvantage and to target resources and efforts at those in greatest need whilst simultaneously developing our economy. These twin aims of building the economy and promoting equality are now increasingly recognised by business leaders across the globe as complementary and directly linked.

Building a fairer and more equal society is necessary to delivering a more sustainable economy and vice versa. That is why Sinn Féin has worked hard to ensure that the promotion of equality of opportunity is built into the language and practice of contracts and tenders.

Sinn Féin is determined to ensure that those who are living in the most deprived and divided areas do not end up getting the least out of increased prosperity and peace.”

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