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Sinn Féin proposes expansion of All Ireland Agenda

24 February, 2004

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator, Mid Ulster MP Martin McGuinness MLA has said Sinn Fein put proposals on the expansion of the All Ireland Agenda to the Irish and British government today.

Speaking after meeting the Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Brian Cowen and British Secretary of State Paul Murphy Mr McGuinness said:

"At the outset of the meeting I raised in the strongest terms my concerns about the political agenda being pursued by elements within the PSNI and the British system. There is an anti-Sinn Féin and anti-peace process agenda at work. These people need to be brought to account. I also raised with Brian Cowen the irresponsible comments made by Michael McDowell which will be seized on by anti-Agreement elements within Unionism.

Turning to the All Ireland Agenda Mr McGuinness said:

"There is good work being done both through the All Ireland bodies and in the agreed areas of co-operation and there is considerable scope for building on that work.

"Consequently, we put detailed proposals contained in a 72 page document to the two governments for the consolidation and expansion of All-Ireland activity. These proposals include developing areas of co-operation and the establishment of additional Implementation bodies covering All Ireland pollution control, Agriculture and Rural Development, Poverty and Energy. These can bring tangible benefits to people across the island of Ireland." ENDS

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