Over the last number of years, Sinn Féin made job creation a key priority in government in the Six Counties. This policy focus can be seen in the joint Programme for Government which highlights the actions the Assembly is taking and will continue to take to deliver the number one priority – a vibrant economy which can transform society while dealing with the deprivation and poverty which has affected some Northern communities for generations.
Sinn Féin has been the strongest proponent of growth in the Six Counties, despite the financial constraints faced by the area as a result of a diminishing block grant. We have argued for fiscal decision-making powers to be fully devolved from Westminster so that elected representatives in the North are not impeded in deciding how best resources can be raised and used. Despite the continued cuts by Britain, we are committed to mitigating the worst impacts of these imposed cuts to ensure that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society are protected and that the creation of jobs and strengthening of the economy is achieved.
We are also committed to addressing regional imbalance.
Equality is an important issue for the Executive. Sinn Féin has promoted policies and programmes designed in ways that ensure we can address inequality and unfairness and create conditions that support inclusion and equality of opportunity.
During the term of the previous Executive, a range of important initiatives was delivered which have benefited the economy and people in the Six Counties and are continuing to do so. These included significant foreign and local investment in jobs; the delivery of major infrastructure projects, including roads, water, hospitals, housing, schools and public transport; the physical regeneration of cities and towns; the development of urban and rural communities and the roll-out of broadband networks.