‘Debate on economy essential to help aid recovery’ – Ritchie

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has called for a Westminster debate on the economy in Northern Ireland. Speaking during Business Questions Ritchie claimed that such a debate was essential. She stated, “The British government have previously given a commitment to provide financial support to help drive the economic recovery necessary to develop the peace process and bring real progress. “Sadly there is very little indication that progress is being made either by the Office of First and Deputy First Minister or by the British government. Unemployment in the north of Ireland, particularly among the young , is at record levels and the economy has stagnated. “However at Westminster we see a government sitting on their hands over corporation tax and at Stormont we see a Finance Minister who is more interested in flags than fiscal matters. “The British government must stand over their commitment to Northern Ireland and in turn the Executive has to develop its own credible plan for the economy.”
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