The DUP has today launched it`s Business Policy paper. Nigel Dodds has expressed his gratitude to the UUP for publicising the DUP`s recent pro-business meetings held in London, Dublin and Belfast. Peter Robinson has also been outlining the parties pro-business stance:
“We believe that NI business, compared to other regions of the United Kingdom, is enduring excessive costs in several areas such as bank charges, insurance, fuel and transport, energy, rates, potential water charges and red tape and bureaucracy. These costs are in no ways unique to Northern Ireland but often their impact is exaggerated here. ”
“That does not mean that Northern Ireland should give up on attempting to attract inward investment. Indeed, the DUP has been pro-active on this front. As late as a few weeks ago we met with members of the business community and bankers, many of whom have wide international business links, in Dublin to discuss the immense benefits to them and Northern Irelands economy of attracting jobs and new investment into the province. This is a practice we have also carried out in London and Belfast.”
An article in today`s News Letter with regards the recent Dublin trip quotes Peter Robinson as stating:
“We told leading members of the business community and bankers, many of whom have international links, in Dublin of the immense benefits to them and Northern Ireland`s economy of them attracting new jobs and new investment into the Province.
So, there was nothing uncomfortable about it for us at all.
Infact, the dinner was held in the banqueting hall of the old House of Lords building in Dublin, which is owned by the Bank of Ireland.
On one wall, there was a massive tapestry of the Battle of the Boyne and on the other, another huge tapestry of the Siege of Derry, so how could we be uncomfortable?”