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Sinn Féin MEP to meet Irish EU Affairs Minister to press for PEACE III funding

21 July, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will lead a party delegation to meet Irish EU
Affairs Minster Noel Tracey tomorrow, Friday 22nd July, at 3pm in the
offices of the Irish Secretariat in Belfast to press the case for an EU
PEACE III programme for the period 2007 - 2013. The party delegation will
include Mitchel McLaughlin MLA and Arthur Morgan TD.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Ms de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin have been engaged in a number of on-going initiatives aimed at
securing an EU Peace III programme for the 2007-2013. We have been
organising meetings throughout the Six Counties and the border counties with
people and groups working on the ground, tackling disadvantage, the legacy
of the conflict and on conflict resolution and peace building, often with
the support of EU peace funding.

"The current PEACE II extension will end next year and this will place much
of this important work at risk unless plans for the future are made now.
Sinn Fein have identified a clear need for continued support to cover the
period 2007 -2013.

"Our programme of outreach is part of a number of on-going initiatives and a
wider campaign to secure a PEACE III programme and a bottom up approach to
its design and delivery.

"A ballpark figure of some 200 million Euro for the 2007-2013 period was
mooted by the Luxemburg EU Presidency last month. We have met with a number
of local organisations and councils to discuss the way forward, including
the need for the British and Irish governments to secure a realistic figure
for peace funding from the EU and from government sources.

"It is vital that both the British and Irish Governments commit themselves
to helping secure additional funding for the period 2007 - 2013." ENDS

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