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Sinn Féin meet with senior US Congressional Delegation

6 April, 2007

Sinn Féin meet with senior US Congressional Delegation

A Sinn Féin delegation led by the party’s nominee for the post of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and including Bairbre deBrún MEP, Gerry Kelly MLA, Jennifer McCann MLA and Alex Maskey MLA met with a senior US Congressional delegation at the party’s offices in Belfast.

Speaking to the media after the meeting Mr McGuinness said:

“Firstly can I welcome the delegation to our offices here in Belfast.

“This is the largest ever Congressional delegation to visit Ireland and can I pay particular tribute to two old friends of the process Congressmen Ritchie Neal and Jim Walsh who have since the outset been significant influences in promoting and assisting efforts to find agreement here in Ireland.

“The size and stature of this delegation and indeed the timing of this visit is further evidence of the ongoing interest in the US in the Irish peace process.

“The significant progress we have achieved in recent years is due in no small way to the effort of Irish American organisations, those on Capital Hill and of course successive US Administrations.

“We look forward to this relationship developing and strengthening further as we enter what promises to be a new era of politics on this island.” ENDS

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