Wed 3rd Jul 2013
Deputy First Minister outlines Sinn Fein plans for jobs and the economy
13 April 2011
Deputy First Minister and Sinn Fein leader in the Assembly Martin McGuinness today outlined his party’s plans for jobs and the economy in the run-up to the election on May 5th. Speaking to members of the Northern Ireland business community at NYSE Euronext in Belfast, Mr McGuinness was taking part in the second of the ‘5 Leaders, 5 Days’ series, a programme of events organised by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce at which each party leader in the Assembly will outline their plans for jobs, growth and the economy.
Today’s event followed last week’s address by the DUP leader Peter Robinson and will be followed by a further three events at which the SDLP, Ulster Unionist and Alliance Party Assembly leaders will address business audiences. Mr McGuinness was joined by Benjamin Chrnelich, CFO, NYSE Technologies at NYSE Euronext, and Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce President Francis Martin.
Speaking at this morning’s event, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said:
“We have faced challenges within and outside of the political process over the past four years. We have met those challenges and have maintained working institutions.
There remains a strong unity of purpose at the heart of government to build on the achievements of the Executive and Assembly, to strengthen our relationships and to build on our agreements.
In the next term we must deliver for all our people in the face of significant economic challenges. The political process demonstrates that progress is always possible. Sinn Fein believes that the development of an all-Ireland economic recovery plan is essential. This must be the basis for growing a sustainable, long-term economy alongside sustained improvements in equality.”
Speaking after today’s event, Francis Martin, President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, said:
“This election is the first for a generation which sees day-to-day issues taking centre stage in the fight for votes. One of the most important of these is the economy and I am delighted that the deputy First Minister has joined us today to spell out exactly what his party plans are to kickstart growth and increase employment. The real possibility of reduced corporation tax is an exciting opportunity for the regional economy and, along with the introduction of Enterprise Zones, can ensure our economy can exit from stagnancy and over-reliance on the public sector.
“As the effect of public sector cuts becomes clearer, government can help by supporting the growth of indigenous businesses and ensuring increased investment from abroad. Investment by well-known international companies like NYSE Euronext means that the region is now well-signposted for other firms of similar size and we must ensure that we build on this momentum.
“Today’s event is the second in an unprecedented series where each party leader in the Assembly has been invited to outline their plans for the economy. We look forward to the economic debate evolving as we hear from the leaders of each party in the remaining ‘5 Leaders, 5 Days’ events.
Speaking after today’s event Benjamin Chrnelich, CFO NYSE Technologies at NYSE Euronext said:
“NYSE Euronext is strongly committed to Northern Ireland. The favourable business climate and the high calibre of skilled graduates means that Belfast is a key centre for our business. We are delighted to host today’s event which is part of the Northern Ireland Chamber’s ‘5 Leaders, 5 Days’ series providing an important vehicle for debate on the economy ahead of the election on 5th May.
The next 5 Leaders, 5 Days event will see SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie addressing the audience at McGrigors on Friday, April 15th. UUP leader Tom Elliot will speak at BDO on Monday, April 18th and Alliance leader David Ford will speak at Grafton on Wednesday, April 20th.
Read the Deputy First Minister’s speech online at http://northernirelandchamber.com/Content.aspx?nSectionId=1&nSubSectionId=10&nContentId=761 or watch on the Chamber’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/nichamber