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Participation key to anti-Poverty Campaign

20 October, 2005

Speaking after the close of the Sinn Féin anti-poverty conference - 'End Poverty North and South - Local and Global' in North Belfast today, Sinn Féin spokesperson on poverty, North Belfast MLA Kathy Stanton thanked the hundreds of participants and said that the message from the conference was clear - participation in anti-poverty campaigns was the key to ensuring that the issues remained a priority.

Participants included students and teaching representatives from schools and universities, political representatives from a range of political parties and members of many of the key NGO's active in the area of anti-poverty.

Speaking after the conference Ms Stanton said:

"The message from conference today was that there is a desire for people to actively campaign against poverty and that the NGO's particularly welcome the engagement of political parties.

"Today we brought together people active on the ground across a range of anti-poverty issues. It was about listening and learning. It is essential that politicians and those in power listen to the people who are working at the coalface.

"The lack of political will, particularly from the British and Irish governments, to deliver on commitments to tackle poverty both here in Ireland and across the world will only be successfully challenged through co-ordinated campaigning and political pressure.

"Coming from today there is a renewed sense of optimism, certainly within Sinn Féin, that we can make tackling poverty a priority. It is about the popular demand for equality and is driven by the commitment to fight for social justice." ENDS

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