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McGuinness meets construction industry representatives

9 September, 2008


Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA and Peter Robinson and met with representatives from the construction sector at Stormont Castle today.

This is the third in a series of meetings being undertaken by both ministers to discuss the impact of the current economic downturn.

The meeting focussed particularly on issues such as falling activity in the housing market.

Mr McGuinness said:

"We recognise that the construction sector has been particularly vulnerable to the difficulties associated with the current global financial problems and rising commodity prices.

"The housing market is facing difficult times and the construction industry is on the front line during this economic slowdown. This sector is one of significant importance to our economy providing as it does a major source of employment both directly and indirectly. To provide support to the economy and the construction sector, we are committed to deliver on the Programme for Government and the Investment Strategy."

The ministers have already met with senior local representatives of the main financial institutions and the Institute of Directors. They also plan to meet energy providers, regulators, business groups, trade unions and the social and voluntary sector to discuss, from each perspective, the implications of the current economic slowdown.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

List of attendees as follows: Gordon Best - Quarry Products Association NI & Suppliers College, Ciaran Fox - Construction Industry Group, John Armstrong - Construction Employers Federation (Contractors College), Alan McMullan - CITB, Jim Crooks - Pencro Structural Engineering Ltd, Pat Hassan - M Hassan & Sons Ltd, George R Stewart - Rotary Group Ltd (Mechanical and Electrical Contractors), Colin Shaw - Royal Society of Ulster Architects, WDR & R T Taggart, Architects, Civil and Structural Engineers and Project Managers, Colin McCarthy - McCarthy Lilburn & Partners, Chartered Quantity Surveyors, George Coulter - Fergus Gilligan & Partners, Consultant Civil & Structural Engineers, Maire Devlin - Federation of Master Builders, John Davidson - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Wendy Blundell - Institute of Civil Engineers, Brendan Cunnane - Construction and Property Group, Derek Martin - H&J Martin Ltd and Clifford Spence - Civil Engineering Farrans (Construction) Ltd.

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