Ó Muilleoir calls on Irish America to continue commitment to peace process
Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has called on Irish America to step up efforts to encourage bonds of commerce, education and culture with the North of Ireland despite the challenge of Brexit.
Speaking after meeting New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the South Belfast MLA said:
“The threat of a Tory Brexit has made it more difficult for American businesses and government bodies to plan future projects in the North.
“Inflation is rising due to the weakness of sterling following the EU referendum and the ongoing uncertainty is putting off decisions by potential inward investment companies.
“I have urged the Comptroller to press for designated special status for the North within the EU to best safeguard the many investments he holds in multinationals across the North and through the equity funds in several Belfast early-stage companies.
“However, my message to all those who worked to make the peace process possible is that this is the time to push boldly ahead with plans which will bolster the peace and ensure there is no attempt to undermine the Good Friday Agreement.
“Our society needs more international connections to ensure our focus remains outward and to the future.
“Irish American engagement has been beneficial to the peace process and needs to be intensified despite current uncertainties. Global companies have also been instrumental in pushing Belfast to embrace diversity.”