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Sinn Féin receives confirmation of Peace Dividend

3 December, 2004

Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has this evening revealed that the British government have confirmed in writing to Sinn Féin that they will deliver a peace dividend as part of any deal.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"Sinn Féin has been arguing strongly within the negotiations for the British Government to deliver a substantial peace dividend as part of any overall deal. I believe that the case we put to them was irrefutable.

"Tonight the British government have agreed that a significant peace dividend is necessary. I obviously welcome that. But the content and terms suggested to us this evening by Paul Murphy fall very short of what is required. Sinn Fein will now meet with the British Government to ensure that any peace dividend is significant enough to make a real impact, particularly on the human rights and equality agendas.

"Having brought the British government to this position, we will continue to press them to ensure that any financial package is significant and that it is used to the benefit of those communities which have suffer most from the conflict".ENDS

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