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McGuinness comments following NMSC plenary meeting

6 July, 2009


Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MP, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaking after today’s plenary meeting of the North South Ministerial Council held in Farmleigh House Dublin has said that a close working relationship between ministers, north and south, is the best way to underpin the response to the global economic downturn..

Speaking from Dublin this afternoon Mr McGuinness said;

“The dominant issue at the meeting of ministers representing people from across this island was the current economic climate and what we can collectively do as ministers, north and south, to meet the challenges of the economic downturn head-on.

“A close working relationship between ministers, north and south, across all of the areas of co-operation on issues such as tourism, agricultural, use of land assets, the North West, planning and economic development is the best way to underpin the response to the global economic downturn..

“I welcome the commitment of the Irish government’s to the Road Building Programme with the announcement of a £9 million down payment on the £600 million planned investment in the North and that work will proceed on the A5 and A8 programmes.

“Both Finance Ministers will now meet to discuss the implications of the establishment of NAMA (the 26 County Asset Management Agency) and the disposal some of its considerable assets in the North would have on the local economy. The reality is that the Irish government own substantial assets right across the north.

“All-Ireland cooperation is vital in the time ahead to ensure that we can collectively emerge from the present economic climate securely and for the benefit of all of our citizens.” CRÍOCH

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