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Rural Planning - Sinn Féin to met Ulster Council GAA to discuss campaign

11 May, 2006

Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew will lead a party delegation to meet with the Ulster Council GAA at their headquarters in Irish Street in Armagh tomorrow, Friday 12th May, at 11am to discus the campaign to force British direct rule ministers back to the drawing board over their draft proposals on rural planning.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Ms Gildernew said:

"There is widespread anger among people living in rural communities at the way British direct rule ministers are trying to impose a model of rural planning that may well suit Britain but will be hugely detrimental to rural communities here in this part of Ireland.

"Sinn Féin have launched a campaign to try and force the British government back to the drawing board because unless there is a serious reassessment of how to proceed then the long-term future for rural communities does not look good. The GAA both centrally and at local club level have come out strongly against these draft plans as have a number of other rural and farming

"It is important that we all work together to see how we can maximise this campaign. It is also important that we come up with solutions that strike the right balance between protecting the environment and protecting our rural communities." ENDS

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