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McLaughlin welcomes Sinn Féin President visit to South Antrim

26 February, 2007

Sinn Féin South Antrim Assembly Candidate, Mitchel McLaughlin welcomed Party president, Gerry Adams to the Constituency on Sunday 25th February. Mr Adams visited Crumlin, the Antrim Forum and Randalstown as part of the Constituency wide tour. During the whistle stop tour of South Antrim the Sinn Féin President said that it is crucially important for the constituency that the Assembly and its all-Ireland institutions are up and running by the 26th March.

Mitchel McLaughlin said:

" South Antrim has suffered immensely from the failure of politic in the north and this is something that needs to be overcome for the good of everyone in the constituency. Sinn Féin Councillors and Community workers have done Trojan work in the area in the past few years and we will continue to build on that work in the Assembly. We will build on a programme of work aimed at tackling issues such as inequality, sectarianism, racism, the lack of social housing, recreational facilities and youth provision.

" I have met with members of the business and community sectors in the constituency over the last number of weeks and it is quite clear that there is much need for further economic growth if we are to start tackling the difficult issues that affect the area.

"It is also vitally important that South Antrim taps into the all-Ireland tourism market including the day-trippers coming here to shop. Businesses becoming more 'Euro-friendly' would undoubtedly help to attract shoppers from the rest of the island." ENDS

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