posted on Oct, 23 2006 @ 05:33 AM
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern last night refused to be drawn on the amount of money the Irish Government plans to spend on large infrastructure investments
in Ulster in an effort to cement the St Andrews Agreement.
Although he did not deny a report in The Sunday Times that £700m has been earmarked to fund healthcare, hospitals and energy links throughout
Northern Ireland, Mr Ahern said details of a financial package have not yet been finalised.
Speaking outside Bodenstown yesterday, Mr Ahern said: "Well, there's no figures at the moment, but what we have said throughout and we've already
shown, I think, our support for Derry Airport by our co-operation on a number of projects that we are prepared to play our part in whatever is worked
out by a peace settlement.
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This plan will be made public by January by the National Development Plan. I think this is an excellent start to help rebuild areas of Northern
Ireland, especially Derry and other border areas.
The DUP (like always) are suspicious on another from the Republic, but welcome the idea.
And the Taoiseach has also paid tribute to Tony Blair
The premier also paid tribute to his British counterpart, Tony Blair.
Mr Ahern was speaking at the annual commemoration of Wolfe Tone - a Dublin protestant regarded as the father of Irish republicanism - in Bodenstown,
"In 200 years, there has never been as much dialogue and interaction between all the significant political groupings on this island as there is
today," Mr Ahern said.
Love him or hate him, Blair has worked wonders in Northern Ireland and bringing peace and a good relationship with Ireland.