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Sinn Féin receive confirmation of Peace Dividend

6 December, 2004

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has 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 have 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.

" The British government have now agreed that a significant peace dividend is necessary. I obviously welcome that. But the content and terms suggested to us 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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