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Sinn Féin to host major all-Ireland integration conference

20 October, 2006

Sinn Féin today released details of a major all-Ireland conference being hosted by the party on Tuesday 24th October in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún said that the event would provide an opportunity for presentations and discussions around issues of all-Ireland integration and would include contributions from a variety of outside bodies and agencies.

Speaking today in Belfast Ms deBrún said:

"Sinn Féin is hosting an All Ireland conference, on the theme of 'Building an Integrated future for the Border Region', on Tuesday October 24th 2006, in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry beginning at 10am.

"The event will act as a forum for presentations and discussions around the important issue of cross border integration in Ireland. It will involve an audience of individuals and groups involved in delivering cross-border projects, as well as policy makers from departmental and local government level, both north and south.

"The morning session will involve presentations and discussion, on the importance, benefits and need for increased cross-border integration, from a panel of speakers including Kate Burns (CEO, ICBAN), Michelle Gildernew MP and Dr. Patricia Clarke (Centre for Cross Border Studies).

"Following lunch, Gerry Adams MP, will open the afternoon session, and this will be followed by presentations from cross-border projects operating in the fields of health (CAWT), tourism (Green Box) and the environment (Stem).

"Mr Mike Smith, Senior Lecturer with Economics at the University of Ulster will speak on the topic of economic regeneration in the border region.

"The final session of the conference will place the discussions around integration in Ireland's border region into a wider European context, with speakers including Jens Gabbe (Secretary General, Association of European Border Regions),Shaun Henry (SEUPB) and a speaker from EU Regional Policy Directorate." ENDS

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