Sinn Féin - On Your Side

Parties must work together to maximise potential of Peace Dividend

24 October, 2006


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP has said that parties must work together to maximise the potential of the Peace Dividend ahead of the all-party meeting with British Chancellor Gordon Brown on November 1st. He also welcomed the commitment of the Irish government to playing its' full role in delivering a Peace Dividend.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Sinn Féin have been encouraging the Irish government to make a major contribution to a Peace Dividend that can support a new Executive, particularly in addressing the infrastructure deficit in the Border areas and West of the Bann, for some time.

"Last week we met Irish Finance Minister Brian Cowen. The Irish government have now given a clear commitment to playing its' full role in delivering a Peace Dividend.

"I believe that there is a responsibility on all of the parties, but particularly DUP, to work together to maximise the potential of the Peace Dividend ahead of the all-party meeting with British Chancellor Gordon Brown on November 1st. This is the approach we argued for when Gordon Brown last came to Belfast and I believe that an agreed approach provides the best chance of success in terms of delivering a maximal package." ENDS

Connect with Sinn Féin