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100 billion all-Ireland investment programme

6 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has said that the 100 billion all-Ireland Infrastructural investment programme over the next ten years, highlighted by IBEC, should lay the foundations for constitutional reunification.

The 100 billion will come directly from the Irish Government and the Strategic Investment Board. The time bound investment will focus on the development of an all-Ireland integrated transport network and energy and communication systems and focused through a spatial development plan for the whole of the island.

Sinn Fein's Mitchel McLaughlin broadly welcomed the initiative,

"Sinn Fein has been spearheading the idea that constitutional reunification needs to be underpinned by a period of planned reintegration. So of course we would naturally welcome the prospect of 100 billion being invested in all-Ireland infrastructure. It is needed to address the legacy of national dislocation resulting from partition.

"However, we must ensure that infrastructural reintegration is delivered in such a way as to create spatial equality throughout the island, leaving no region underdeveloped.

"Planning for Irish unity is already underway. Minister Seamus Brennan has stated that united Ireland would make a 'wonderful economic, social and cultural unit'. He's right but people don't want it to be a 32 County Rip-off Republic.

"The arbitrary suspension of the institutions and consequent 'Care and Maintenance' enforced on all-Ireland activity was never going to work. It was only the people of Ireland who would suffer, and especially those communities who live next to the border.

"Sinn Fein has been at the forefront of the all-Ireland agenda. We can see quite clearly how other political parties have reacted to Sinn Fein's electoral success, our all-Ireland agenda and our Green Paper initiative. The net result has been either to expose the inherent partitionism of some parties and to impart and enhance the priority of all-Ireland integration within others. Our strategy is working and Sinn Fein will continue to lead the way and act as the fulcrum for building a community for reunification and a united Ireland of equals." ENDS

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