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Anderson to challenge NIO approach to a Shared Future

29 March, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA and Head of Unionist Outreach Martina Anderson will speak at an event organised by "The Junction" a community relations resource and peace building centre based in Derry established through a partnership between community relations organisations throughout North West.

The event will take place at -The Junction 8 Bishop Street Derry on Friday 30th March between 12.30pm and 2.00pm, a light lunch will be provided

Speaking ahead of the engagement Ms Anderson said

"At Friday's lunchtime event I will talk about the work of the Unionist Engagement Department and it's attempt at enhancing established links with the Unionist community and at facilitating the development of new ones.

"I feel it's important that I touch on the recent political developments and challenge the concept of the NIO Shared Future policy which locates the problem for the conflict on the shoulders of the two communities and which puts good relations before equality and human rights.

"To build a shared future the borders either etched across the Map of Ireland, across our cities, our towns, our communities and our hearts must be transcended.

"We can only build a shared future were the only barriers we face are the limitations of our own collective ingenuity as a community of people who share this island we call home. The Assembly and the outworking of collective decision making of it, is in itself an exercise in building a shared future for all." ENDS

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