Retail NI Comments on General Election Result

Retail NI has urged politicians locally and nationally to redouble their efforts to establish stable Governments in London and Belfast.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“With the General Election out of the way, all the local parties now need to go the extra mile to secure a return to devolution by the end of the month”

“Having no Budget, no Programme for Government and indeed no Government creates political instability which is bad for business confidence and the economy as a whole”

Turning to the General Election result, Mr Roberts continued:

“If Northern Ireland MPs are in a serious position of influence with the incoming UK Government, the top policy priority must be a substantial new economic investment package for Northern Ireland”

"Northern Ireland needs a new economic deal from Westminster”

“Northern Ireland's infrastructure needs massive investment if we are to achieve our full economic potential. We need to see major projects such as the York Street Interchange, a new high Belfast-Dublin rail service and the regeneration of our town and city centres, particularly west of the Bann, as top priorities”

“Retail NI has also championed City Deals for Belfast and Derry/Londonderry and more Enterprise Zones across Northern Ireland”

“We should also consider the benefits of the Northern Ireland Executive having more fiscal powers to boost our economy”

“However all of these policy priorities need a local devolved administration in place to ensure their implementation”


Glyn Roberts 07515710517