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Limited progress made in Brown talks

22 March, 2007

A Sinn Féin delegation including Party President Gerry Adams MP, Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP, Party Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP, Bairbre deBrún MEP and Mitchel McLaughlin MEP today met with the British
Chancellor Gordon Brown in Downing Street to discuss a Peace Dividend to be used by a future Executive.

Speaking after the meeting Mr McLaughlin said:

"We had the opportunity this morning to discuss at length and in detail the need to maximise the potential economic package on offer.

" We made some progress, limited, but progress nonetheless. It is my view that this was in large measure due to the united approach adopted by all of the parties who took part in today's discussions.

"But all of this is clearly work in progress, as Gordon Brown himself acknowledged, and is clearly dependent on an Executive and Assembly being established on Monday.

"And as a work in progress, it means that after Monday the Executive will come back to the British government again and again until we get all the necessary funds to get the job done properly." ENDS

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