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10 December, 2006

Speaking after they returned from an intensive two-day trip to Brussels last week, Sinn Fein's Donegal North East representative, Councillor Padraig Mac Lochlainn, Donegal South West representative, Councillor Pearse Doherty, and Udaras na Gaeltachta member Grainne Mhic Geidigh, issued a joint statement:

"This was an important trip, which will help boost the development of the North West.

"We brought together the Chambers of Commerce from Buncrana, Letterkenny, Gaoth Dobhair, Strabane and Derry along with Sinn Féin representatives from throughout the North West region.

"We met with senior members of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Irish Regions Office and the Northern Executive, as well as the European Chamber of Commerce.

"During these engagements we addressed regional development in the North West, the PEACE III and IFI funds, and the new proposed European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation.

""The Border Corridor area has clearly suffered most from partition and is the poorest region in Ireland. The North West is the poorest area within the poorest region.

"During our meetings we sought support for both a North West Regional Economic Development Strategy and a North West Regional Economic Authority.

"We also sought EU funding for a proposal which is at an advanced stage for a North West Medical School which will involve co-operation between NUI in Galway, Magee in Derry and the IT colleges in Sligo and Letterkenny.

"This was a positive trip and much good work was accomplished.

"Sinn Féin will seek to build upon the work completed during this trip and bring to a conclusion the projects for which we sought support in Brussels. This is clearly still work in progress and work which we will continue in the time ahead."


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