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Gerry Adams to travel to the US

1 March, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will travel to the United States on March 12th for a series of speaking engagements and meetings with the Irish-American community, U.S. political leaders and Government officials.

Mr. Adams schedule includes visits to Cincinnati; New York; Washington; New Jersey; Philadelphia and Cleveland.

Mr. Adams will address the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Monday morning March 14th.

The Party has decided that Martin McGuinness MP, who was also due to travel to the U.S. will remain in Ireland.

A Sinn Féin spokesperson said: "The political situation is much too grave for both Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness to be out of Ireland at the same time. Mr. Adams will engage with a wide range of U.S. political and Irish-American opinion. This will provide him with an opportunity to outline Sinn Féin's view of the current situation and our efforts to put the peace process back on track."

The Sinn Féin spokesperson also said that the party decided last week to change planned fundraising events into speaking engagements.

The spokesperson said: "Initially many of the planned events were to be fundraisers. However, the party leadership was concerned that there was a likelihood that fundraising would become a contentious issue for the U.S. government, and a distraction therefore from the necessary work of rebuilding the peace process. The party leadership decided that no fundraising will be done at this time."ENDS

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