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Building for Irish re-unification

19 September, 2003

Sinn Féin EU candidate, former Health Minister Bairbre de Brún has announced details of a major Sinn Féin party conference of building for Irish re-unification next week on Tuesday September 23rd at Stormont.

Ms de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin has been at the forefront of building the momentum for Irish re-unification. Elected representatives and Sinn Fein activists and party members from every corner of Ireland will be in Belfast to look at how we best utilise and expand on the existing All Ireland architecture.

"The purpose of this important party event is to create a strategy which will arm the builders of the new Ireland with new ideas and ways of working, for example in using the opportunities presented by EU funding programmes, to build a consensus for Irish re-unification.

"The Irish border is recognised as an impediment to social and economic development. The border compounds poverty and social exclusion within the communities that live adjacent to it. All of this reinforces our basic arguments to have it removed, but we must complement these arguments with actions that support our analysis and to do this we need planned strategy and allies from across the community, business, and statutory sectors.

"I am confident of Sinn Féin‚s ability to drive forward the work of developing community capital and the empowerment of the region in a fully integrated manner. We must work to interface the border corridor with the more prosperous regions in a balanced spatial development framework for the whole island.

"Sinn Féin's focus is create and build on the momentum that is vital to our goals of national unity, community empowerment and building the nation of equals. Events such as this identify what is achievable and plan how to achieve it." ENDS

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