Republican News · Thursday 21 December 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Adams calls for western regeneration

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was in Mayo on Monday to receive a Civic Reception from Castlebar UDC, the first such reception in the 26 Counties.

While in mayo, Adams told local radio and media that Regional Development was a priority for Sinn Féin. He said that from a line west of the Bann and the Shannon, there has been a desolation of a way of life for may people.

``Successive governments have failed the west. An integrated strategy to develop infrastructure and sustainable development needs to be pursued,'' he said.

``The people of Mayo want to see change. There is clear dissatisfaction with the two main parties who have represented the county since the foundation of the state. We are offering that change. Vincent Wood, our candidate here, and Sinn Féin as a party are committed to being the agents for change and to ensure that balanced regional development is the objective of any government here.''

The Civic Reception granted by Castlebar UDC was in recognition of Gerry Adams's role in the peace process. UDC Caothairleach Johnny Mee welcomed Adams and praised his commitment to the peace process.

Adams then addressed a meeting of Sinn Féin activists and supporters in the Welcome Inn, Castlebar, followed by a question and answer session.

Vincent Wood said that Sinn Féin is firmly established in the body politic of Mayo and that the meeting was part of a process of further developing the party in the county.

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