Posted on Tuesday 30 July 2019 by John Mulgrew

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Almost two dozen Northern Ireland business groups say they have deep concerns over the lack of local political representation and are calling for a “redoubling” of efforts to restore the Assembly.

A statement, signed by 21 business organisations and trade bodies, says that “two and a half years on from the collapse of the Executive, and now approaching the likely conclusion of the Brexit process, the Northern Ireland business community is deeply concerned at the continued absence of a functioning administration and is calling on political representatives to redouble their efforts to reach agreement to get the Assembly and Executive working again”.

“There has seldom been a time when strong and effective leadership has been more necessary, both to deliver on the domestic agenda and also to speak up for Northern Ireland in the Brexit process.

“We need a fully functioning administration to agree and deliver a Programme for Government that will build infrastructure, reform our health service and education system, ensure we have a strong economy, and create opportunities for our young people. We also need effective representation in the Brexit discussions, even at this late stage in the process, to ensure that the economy is protected through whatever changes arise and that all necessary mitigations are sought and secured.

“The business community will give encouragement and support to those politicians who stretch themselves to reach a compromise. Without such a commitment and associated action from our elected representatives, we risk irreparable damage to our economy and our society for which future generations will judge us harshly.””

 

The letter has been signed by the following organisations:

Belfast Chamber

Causeway Chamber of Commerce

CBI NI

Centre for Competitiveness

Construction Employers Federation NI

Federation of Small Businesses Northern Ireland

Freight Transport Association

Hospitality Ulster

IoD NI

Londonderry Chamber of Commerce

Manufacturing NI

Mineral Products Association NI

Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade

NI Grain Trade Association

NI Hotels Federation

NI Tourism Alliance

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

Northern Ireland Retail Consortium

Retail NI

Women in Business NI

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