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Anderson welcomes enhanced All-Ireland co-operation

22 April, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed a commitment by the Assembly and the Dáil to adopt closer working relationships.

“Dublin’s Joint Committee on European Scrutiny and the Committee of the First and Deputy First Minister have agreed to begin a process of close co-operation in relation to European matters.

“This is a hugely positive step and it makes good sense for Dublin and Belfast to work as one on such an important issue. After all, around 80 percent of the laws which affect our daily lives originate in Europe so it is crucial that we maximize our voice and influence in Europe by co-operating on an all-Ireland basis.

“The Good Friday Agreement created a number of all-Ireland bodies and provided the potential for them to grow and expand over time.

“I believe that the increasing North-South co-operation which is growing every day represents the Agreement in action. It is becoming abundantly clear to all involved that all-Ireland co-operation makes sense. It threatens no-one and I look forward to further enhanced relationships in the future as we continue to work together to pursue the best interests of all the people of Ireland.”

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