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Sinn Féin welcome for International Fund extension

15 November, 2005


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the decision of the US Administration to donate EUR12miliion into the International Fund for Ireland for distribution next year.

Ms de Brún said:

" This year marks the 20th anniversary of the International Fund for Ireland. In that time it has contributed to a variety of important projects both in the six counties and the border areas. The EU, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and US have all contributed to this important fund in that time.

" Today's announcement that the US have agreed to invest EUR12 million into the IFI for distribution next year is obviously welcome news. We need now to ensure that the other contributing countries follow this lead.

" I will be travelling to Australia and New Zealand next week and part of that trip will be to lobby for an extension of the International Fund monies from those countries.

" All of us in political leadership need to concentrate on consolidating the progress made in recent times and building upon it. Part of that work must be to ensure Peace III funding from the EU, a continuation of the IFI and the securing of a genuine peace dividend from the British and Irish government to underpin the work of any future power sharing executive." ENDS

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