The Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, Peter Hain, could be forgiven if he had a wry smile [or perhaps a *shakes head*? – Ed] when faced this morning with the Sinn Féin delegation of Bairbre de Brún MEP, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA and Caoimhghin O Caolain TD asking for a £10 billion, 10-year “Peace Building Strategy”, to “deliver an agreed programme that puts stability and growth on the fast track”, although the SF statement is short on actual detail. It hasn’t taken the NIO long to issue a statement in response.. and why would it?.. after all, Peter Hain previously announced the up to £16 billion 10 year “regeneration blueprint” in December 2005. Then there’s the additional element of private finance initiatives, highlighted in September.
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