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Sinn Féin councillor urges Friends of Belfast in New York to step up support

16 January, 2013

A Sinn Féin councillor who is deputy chair of Belfast Council's Development Committee is using a three-day visit to New York this week to urge senior political and business figures to step up their efforts to build cultural, commercial and community links between Belfast and New York in the time ahead.

Councillor Máirtíin Ó Muilleoir speaking from the USA said:

"This is a time to send out positive messages to our many friends in the US that the vast majority of our citizens are determined to see the peace blossom and will not be cowed by the anti-peace process elements trying to damage our city.

"I addressed 300 top police officers on Wednesday at the Irish Law & Order Awards to stress that Belfast is ready to roll out the red carpet for the large NYPD delegation due in Belfast for the World Police and Fire Games in August. 

"I will also be visiting New York City Hall to brief Speaker Christine Quinn on the most recent developments and will meet with the NYC Small Business Commissioner Rob Walsh who has been a strong advocate for Belfast over recent years.

"It's crucial that we don't leave the field to those who want to damage our investment and tourism prospects but instead send out a strong message that Belfast is very much open for business and that there can be no going back." 

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