Only new money on Executive table coming from Irish Government
Following a meeting between a senior Sinn Féin delegation led by party President Gerry Adams and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern who was accompanied by the Minister for Finance Brian Cowan and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern, Sinn Féin Assembly member Mitchel McLaughlin acknowledged that as things currently stand the only new money being put in front of an incoming Executive is that being provided by the Irish Government.
Mr McLaughlin said:
"It is of increasing concern to Sinn Féin that the British Chancellor Gordon Brown does not seem to be properly engaged on the issue of a substantial and significant peace dividend to be used by any incoming Executive.
"As things currently stand the only new money on the table for a future Executive is that being provided by the Irish government. At this evenings meeting we acknowledged this fact and expressed our view that the British government have yet to come up with the necessary financial package to tackle the legacy of infrastructural under investment in areas like water.
"This reality poses a very significant challenge to the successful transition to a power sharing executive which can effectively deal with the very many difficulties which we face.
"Sinn Féin remain engaged with the British government and the British Treasury on this issue and we will express these very real concerns to Gordon Brown when we meet on Thursday." ENDS