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New York City Comptroller Visits west Belfast

11 October, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA this morning hosted a visit to west Belfast by New York City Comptroller John Liu as part of his fact-finding visit to Ireland.

Mr. Adams met the Comptroller in New York two weeks ago. He also met the State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and discussed investment opportunities.

Speaking after this morning’s event in Conway Mill during which John Liu met civic and community leaders in west Belfast, Gerry Adams said:

“Our effort is to secure additional investment for the north, over and above the pension funds already invested here.

For 30 years the Comptroller’s office has ensured that US companies locating here have an equality agenda.

While the focus of the Comptroller is to add value to the Pension Funds, and to protect his pension fund holders, there is a clear connection between investment and tackling inequality and disadvantage in the north.

Comptroller Liu made clear his firm commitment to advancing this work through his investment decisions.

Location, access and strong contractual language are key to delivering real change for those that have suffered decades of discrimination and neglect while also generating the necessary returns for the pension funds.

The 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 that grows. This is good for the pension funds, good for workers and good for business. Investment has to be about ending discrimination and disadvantage by addressing the issues of location and access.This means we need investment directly into areas such as West and North Belfast, west of the Bann and Derry." CRÍOCH

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