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Ó Donnghaile to seek UUP meeting

7 February, 2007


Sinn Féin's East Belfast representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed comments from the Ulster Unionist Party's Michael Copeland calling for "urgent cross-party action" to address social deprivation and social exclusion in the East Belfast area and has said that he will be seeking a meeting to discuss this with Mr Copeland.

Mr. Ó Donnghaile said,
"I believe that we need a cross party strategy to tackle social deprivation, unemployment and to lobby for training initiatives in the east of the city.

"This is something that Sinn Féin have been advocating for some time."

"My Party colleague Alex Maskey has been in contact with Mr. Copeland to seek to arrange a meeting to discuss possible ways forward with this initiative.

"I look forward to working to build a cross-party consensus on this issue. Sinn Féin believe it is essential to the regeneration in the east of the city, particularly in the inner east wards, that there is a joined up approach to projects aimed at targeting social need. This is a must if we are to ensure that those communities that are in most need are the key recipients of economic revitalisation."CRÍOCH

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