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Sinn Féin determined to achieve substantial peace dividend

12 March, 2007

Sinn Féín President Gerry Adams today said that securing a substantial peace dividend and using that money to abolish additional water charges would be a priority for his party in the run up to March 26th. Mr Adams revealed that Mitchel McLaughlin would lead a party delegation to meet with British Treasury officials on this issue this evening.

Mr Adams said:

"Sinn Féin want to see the political institutions back up and running on March 26th. We met this morning with the British Secretary of State Peter Hain and we left him in no doubt about our commitment to enter government by the end of the month.

"It is clear from the Assembly election results that there is a demand in the community for local politicians taking responsibility for local affairs. We want to see a future executive succeed and we are determined to secure a significant peace dividend from the two governments to ensure this happens. We would want to use a portion of this additional money to abolish the additional water charges being driven through by the British Direct Rule Ministers.

"Mitchel McLaughlin will lead a Sinn Féin delegation to meet with British Treasury officials this evening. If all of the parties convince the Treasury that they are ready to take their places in a new power sharing executive then I believe that we can make significant progress on this matter in the time ahead." ENDS

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