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McGuinness addresses Irish Congress of Trade Unions

4 July, 2007

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today addressed the Irish Congress of Trade Unions biannual conference in Bundoran.

Pointing out that it was exactly 100 days since the historic agreement of March 26th which brought about the return of the Executive the Minister said: "In those first 100 days I think we have already shown our determination to fulfil the pledges we made on that day.

"I know that you share many of those aspirations. A society moving from division and disharmony to one which celebrates our diversity and is determined to provide a better future for all our people.

"One which cherishes the elderly, the vulnerable, the young and all of our children equally. Which welcomes warmly those from other lands and cultures who wish to join us and forge a future together.

"The progress we have made to date needs to continue and it will only do so through partnership.

"That partnership needs not just to be between political parties but also between all elements of our society.

"You as trade unionists have a major part to play. As do employers and all those who will help build our infrastructure and our economy." ENDS

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