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Sinn Fein delegation meet with Taoiseach and Minister for Finance

20 March, 2007

Sinn Féín President Gerry Adams MP today led a party delegation to meet with the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the Irish Finance Minister Brian Cowen at Government Buildings in Dublin. The delegation included Martin McGuinness MP, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, Bairbre de Brun MEP, Mary Lou McDonald MEP and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD.

Speaking before the meeting Mr Adams said, "There is less than one week for the DUP to decide whether or not they are going to share power with the rest of the parties on the basis of equality. I very much hope that the DUP decide to join with us in taking responsibility for tackling the range of social and economic challenges which will face any new Executive.

"In the course of recent times we have been involved in intensive discussions with the British Government and the British Treasury on the detail of a substantial and significant Peace Dividend which any new Executive will require. These talks will continue later this week in London with the British Chancellor Gordon Brown.

"This evening the Minister for Finance Brian Cowen will accompany the Taoiseach to our meeting. Clearly the Irish government contribution to a Peace Dividend is a crucial element of the work we are currently engaged in. We have previously discussed this with the Irish Government and some of the detail of their contribution has been spelt out in the National Development Plan. The Irish government also have a role in ensuring that the British government step up to the mark particularly in relation to the legacy left by decades of under funding in essential public services.

"There is considerable optimism that this time we will secure the elusive breakthrough. However if the DUP fail to sign on for power sharing then the two governments have to press ahead with their joint partnership arrangements." ENDS

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