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NI parties to seek peace funding
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Chancellor Gordon Brown will be asked for an extra 5bn
Northern Ireland's political parties are preparing to ask the chancellor for a peace dividend worth up to 5bn, the BBC has learned.

The parties have spent the day drawing up a strategy in advance of their meeting on Wednesday with Gordon Brown.

An all-party delegation will travel to Downing Street for round-table discussions with the chancellor.

It is understood they will ask for extra funding, over and above the NI block, of 1bn a year over five years.

The parties will call for huge investment in infrastructure and it is expected they will also ask for a delay in the introduction of water charges, as well as a reduction in corporation tax for companies.

The parties are due to meet Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain for further talks on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the DUP's Nigel Dodds has warned republicans they "will not get their hands on policing and justice powers for years".

In a statement, the North Belfast MP said he did not foresee the confidence for devolved policing and justice being developed "for a very long time".

He predicted it would be a "political lifetime" before the situation would change and added that Sinn Fein "should not pretend otherwise".


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