Newry Chamber meets department secretaries at Stormont

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Business

Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade have recently met with secretaries for several government departments, including departments for Environment, Health, Social Development, Enterprise, Trade & Investment. The Commerce, along with a delegation of local representatives, met with the secretaries at Stormont Castle.

Issues on the agenda included the need to build a relief road for traffic coming from the Republic, the need for a Regional Regeneration Office in Newry, support for health care services and economic development opportunities around border areas in the region and the threat of retail complexes based out of town.

Chamber President Cathal Austin spoke of his delight at meeting the secretaries. “Newry Chamber was delighted to be afforded the opportunity to meet with the Permanent Secretaries to press them on issues of importance to the people of South East of Northern Ireland. This was our second engagement with the Permanent Secretaries in the past six months and we look forward to meeting with their Departmental Officials to discuss in further depth areas of priority for the local business and civic community.”

He added, “These engagements are part of Newry Chamber’s ongoing lobbying campaign with key stakeholders including Ministers and Senior Officials to put the needs of the Greater Newry Area further up the political agenda.”


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