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Sinn Féin appointees to Long Kesh Panel

15 September, 2005


Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney and Lisburn Councillor Paul Butler have been appointed to the Long Kesh Advisory Panel. Today the two representatives are meeting with the Strategic Investment Board and officials taking forward the master plan.

In a joint statement after the meeting Cllr Butler and Mr McCartney MLA said:

"This site has huge potential. However, Sinn Fein will not support any development plan that does not give equal priority to the development of a heritage and peace zone and a multi-sports stadium.

"Events in Long Kesh have helped shape the recognition and understanding of the political nature of the conflict here. It has witnessed much grief and pain for all those who passed through it and for their families and relatives.

"The international heritage and peace zone can act as a beacon of hope to all communities and societies emerging from political conflict and support the process of conflict resolution both nationally and internationally.

"However, we are still a long way from securing the end product. We still need to see the detail about how the development will be resourced and we need to see ongoing political will from all sides to see this development through to completion." ENDS

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