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Sinn Féin calls for expansion of all-Ireland agenda

10 February, 2006


Sinn Féin Economic Spokesperson Mitchel Mc Laughlin MLA speaking from Dundalk where he is attending an all-Ireland Infrastructure Development Conference, which was also attended by Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern called for action to replace the rhetoric on all-Ireland Development.

Mr Mc Laughlin said:

"I welcome the calls at the all-Ireland Development Conference in Dundalk today by Minister Dermot Ahern for the development of infrastructural, economic, energy, educational and social structures on an all-Ireland basis.

"Sinn Féin has long called for this approach by both governments. We have had numerous discussions with Irish government Ministers on this subject and will continue to do so. In recent months we have had similar comments from Finance Minister Brian Cowan and British Secretary of State Peter Hain.

"I agree with Mr Ahern that it would be better to have local Ministers here in the North dealing with these issues and we should continue to strive for such a situation. But until such time as the DUP accepts this necessity the two governments must pro-actively proceed with the implementation and expansion of this programme of all-Ireland Development. We've had enough rhetoric and promises; it's now time for action. I look forward to working with the governments in delivering on this agenda." ENDS



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