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Sinn Fein seek £10 billion Peace Dividend

27 March, 2006

A high level Sinn Fein delegation including Bairbre de Brún MEP, party General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin MLA and Caoimhghin O Caolain TD will meet British Secretary of State Peter Hain tomorrow, Tuesday 28th March, at 10am at Stormont Castle to press for a £10 billion 10-year Peace Dividend.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Ms de Brún said:

"We are presenting our case for a significant investment in peace to the British government. We will be making the same case to the Irish government. Both governments have already acknowledged the validity of the arguments about the need to invest in conflict resolution.

"There is a clear responsibility to build the peace and tackle many of the causes and effects of the conflict. Sinn Fein believe that any incoming local Executive should have a major Peace Dividend so that local Ministers can deliver an agreed programme that puts stability and growth on the fast track.

"There is significant scope for moving 'security' expenditure into a major strategy that can underpin the transformation of our society. We believe that the two governments can deliver a 10 billion pound 10-year Peace Building Strategy. This should be targeted at eradicating the regional socio and economic disparities that exist and at supporting the development of all-Ireland strategies and synergies, particularly along the border
corridor." ENDS

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