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Osborne meeting to focus on defending the north’s economy – McGuinness

25 September, 2010

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA has said that next weeks meeting with the British Chancellor George Osborne will focus on impending budget cuts for the north and putting up a robust defence for frontline services, those most vulnerable and the most disadvantaged communities in the north.

Speaking today Mr McGuinness said;

“The meeting with the British Chancellor has been arranged since the beginning of this month. It will focus solely on economic issues and it has been our intention for some time that we would use this meeting as an opportunity to present a united case from the Executive in defence of frontline services and disadvantaged communities in the north and making the case for our unique economic situation.

The notion that this meeting will focus on the speculative remarks of the British Home Secretary yesterday, at a time when like most other government agencies, MI5 will be interested in securing their own budget, is incorrect.

Our focus is on rebuilding the economy; it is on securing the best possible deal for the people of the north in an uncertain economic climate. That will remain our focus.” CRÍOCH

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