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New Executive Needs To Undertake Economic Mission

29 March, 2007

Sinn Féin nominee for the post of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today said that one of the first priorities for a new Executive should be an economic mission to Europe and Washington.

Mr McGuinness said:

"There has been much international goodwill generated since the historic deal earlier this week between Sinn Féin and the DUP. It is vitally important that we tap into this and use it to deliver for people in real terms when the Executive goes live on May 8th.

"Aside from the crucial engagement with the British Chancellor Gordon Brown which Sinn Féin and the DUP have already agreed, and the ongoing discussions with the Irish government, I believe that the new Executive should undertake a major economic mission to Europe and to the US. We have already been in contact with the US Administration and senior figures in both Irish America and the EU.

"Such an economic mission has the potential to deliver more on top of any package agreed with the two governments. Internationally our peace process is regarded as a success story and I firmly believe that people will want to play their part in consolidating the work already done and play a part in delivering a new and better future for all of the people." ENDS

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