[Sinn Fein]

1st December 1999

Adams to host lunch for visiting US dignitaries

The first meeting of the Executive Committee of the new Assembly, post devolution, will take place tomorrow afternoon. A number of visitors from the USA will visit Parliament Buildings over the course of the day. These include Congressman Peter King, James Walsh and Richard Neal, and John Mackey from the Office of Congressman, Benjamin Gilman (Chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations.

In addition Bill Flynn, Tom Moran and Niall O'Dowd who have been important figures throughout the development of the peace process will also be visiting.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams will be hosting a lunch for the visitors.

Mr. Adams said:

``The interest and involvement of the US Administration, Members of Congress and sections of the Irish American Business community have been an invaluable and indispensable element of the peace process. We have much to thank all involved for. I am particularly pleased to welcome the visitors from the USA on the day when the Executive Committee of the New Assembly meets for the first time. I look forward to our ongoing relationship at all levels of society in the USA, in the development of the peace process which the visitors did so much to help create and sustain.''

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