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Adams to raise issue of peace funding with Blair

Gerry Adams speaking at the An Phoblacht relaunch

Gerry Adams speaking at the An Phoblacht relaunch

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams travelled to Brussels on Wednesday 5 October for a series of public and private engagements to update members of the European Parliament on recent developments in the Irish Peace Process.

Adams met EU Regional Development Commissioner Danuta Hübner in Brussels on Wednesday 5 October. Adams, who was accompanied by party colleagues Mary Lou McDonald MEP and Bairbre de Brún MEP, described the meeting as "extremely useful" and "very productive".

Speaking afterwards Gerry Adams said: "I outlined to Commissioner Hübner Sinn Féin's very strong view that the EU should enhance and support the Peace Process by making available a Peace III fund, to build on the positive work of Peace I, Peace II and the Peace II extension. I believe the Commissioner is very open to this and is supportive of a Peace III fund but it requires the British and Irish Governments, but especially the Britis

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