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Gerry Adams presses British Chancellor on Water Charges

14 March, 2007

Sinn Féín President Gerry Adams met the British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown today at Westminster. Speaking after the meeting Mr Adams said:

"This was a good meeting. I pressed Mr Brown for a substantial, sustainable and significant economic package. This package needs to address the infrastructural deficit in relation to water, education, health, housing and transport. It must be substantial enough to regenerate the communities that have suffered the most from the conflict and it must remove the threat of additional Water Charges.

"I proposed that additional Water Charges be scrapped and that the British government should pick up the tab for the historical failure to invest in the water and sewage services. Gordon Brown promised to look at how this issue could be dealt with before next weeks meeting with the parties." ENDS

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