Sinn Féin to meet with Minister for Finance to discuss peace dividend proposals
Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin MLA and Arthur Morgan TD will meet Minister for Finance Brian Cowen at 12 noon today (Thursday 19th) in the Department of Finance to discuss the Irish government’s contribution to a peace dividend for the north and the border counties. They will also discuss proposals in relation to the government’s upcoming ‘National Development Plan’.
Speaking in advance of the meeting the Sinn Féin representatives said:
“Sinn Féin has been in ongoing discussions with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern for some time now in relation to the need for a substantial peace dividend for the north and the border counties. We met with officials in London earlier this week. Today we are meeting with the Minister for Finance Brian Cowen to discuss how the Irish government will contribute to such a peace dividend.
“We will also be discussing a range of proposals in relation to the government’s upcoming ‘National Development plan’. These include recommendations in relation to joint north south infrastructural projects, economic regeneration of the border region and the removal of barriers to cross border mobility for business, employment and a range of public services. We will also be calling on the government to look imaginatively at ways to restore towns/communities to their natural hinterlands where they have been disrupted by the border.”ENDS