Ministers must rise to the task in restored Executive

Press Releases 11 Jan 2020

Tina McKenzie welcomes restoration of devolved government

After three long years since the collapse of Stormont, FSB and its members are pleased to see our politicians re-engaging by restoring the Assembly and electing new Executive Ministers.

Commenting on the restoration of power sharing, FSB NI Policy Chair, Tina McKenzie said:

“At long last the Gordian knot has been cut; a seemingly intractable problem has been solved and, hopefully, a new spirit of determination to move Northern Ireland forward will prevail. A cohort of familiar and less-well-known faces have been elected as Ministers and we not only congratulate them but wish them well in their roles.

“They face challenges on a great many fronts – but there is also opportunity all around us. The settlement that the Secretary of State and the Tánaiste have tabled offers significant new resources to help tackle many of our deep seated problems; our new Ministers have been given the tools to do the job, so they must rise to the task. In that regard, FSB and the wider business community will not be found wanting either, and will give encouragement, support and other inputs to help grow the economy for all.

“Whilst the overhaul of public services is high on the agenda, our new Ministers and MLAs must ensure that this small business economy – which forms the bedrock on which all good public services will be built – is sustained and fostered by lowering the crippling burden of business rates, and by investing in the education, skills and infrastructure that will let us grow our economy and make Northern Ireland a prosperous place for all of its citizens.”

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