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Adams welcomes Taoiseach’s commitment on all-island Funding

29 June, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking in the Dáil today during Taoiseach’s Questions Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, raised with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Irish government funding for all-island, cross border projects which are of benefit to citizens.

The Sinn Féin leader specifically referred to the positive decisions on the cancer screening service at Altnagelvin Hospital which is being jointly funded by the Executive and the Irish government, and the new walking bridge across the Foyle which the Taoiseach which was present for the opening of last Saturday. It also received funding from the Irish government.

Commenting after Taoiseach’s Questions Mr. Adams said:

“I welcome the Taoiseach’s acknowledgement today that there are ‘unique opportunities for continued development’ across the island in areas, like tourism and trade, and his recognition that there is ‘huge scope for further interaction in a cross-Border sense’.
Such projects, including better co-operation and co-ordination between the government and the Executive, and between government departments are needed to continue the peace process and to help citizens.

Ministers working together in a common sense way can improve efficiencies, cut costs, and deliver better public services and jobs.”
The Sinn Féin leader raised the recent violence in the Short Strand and praised the work of Belfast Mayor Níall Ó Donnghaile and the visit yesterday by President Mary McAleese to East Belfast.

Mr. Adams welcomed the Taoiseach’s commitment to maintain existing funding to communities in the north which are battling sectarianism and where efforts are being made to build bridges between communities.

In his statement Mr. Kenny said:

“Funding of €3 million was allocated for 2011 for the reconciliation and anti-sectarianism funds. This figure matches the funding provided from 2008 to 2010. Two allocations of funding were made this year and a further round of funding allocations is expected to take place in the autumn. To date in 2011, a total of €2.194 million has been allocated to 80 groups and organisations.
More than ten groups and organisations working in the Derry region received grant allocations in 2011 and many of these work with young people who are at risk of involvement in interface violence and anti-social activity. I support this funding which we will keep under review.”

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