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PEACE III funding should promote national reconciliation and tackle disadvantage

29 March, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will travel to the Family Caring Centre based in Rathenraw, Antrim, tomorrow, Thursday 30th March. She will be accompanied by local Antrim Sinn Féin councillor, Anne Marie Logue.

Ms de Brún Bairbre will discuss the work of the Family Caring Centre and other projects in the Rathenraw area, and also meet with community activists based in estates throughout Antrim to discuss issues around the design and delivery of PEACE III.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"This is about meeting local communities and seeing first hand local community initiatives that have benefited from Peace funding and encouraging them to participate in debate around their hopes for the anticipated PEACE III programme.

"It is essential that local communities have an active role in the discussions about the PEACE III fund. Sinn Féin is keen to facilitate this debate.

"In discussions with the EU Commissioner for Regional Development, Danuta Hubner, and with both the British and Irish governments, I have stressed that local communities must be actively involved in all stages of the planning and design of the Peace III programme.

"The practical planning for PEACE III must not take place behind closed doors.

"Sinn Féin firmly believe that PEACE III priorities should be focused on the promotion of peace and national reconciliation and on tackling discrimination and disadvantage." ENDS

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