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Minister must explore all-island possibilities to help economy – Phil Flanagan

15 August, 2012 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan, who is the Deputy Chair of the Assembly's Enterprise, Trade & Investment Committee, responding to the latest increase in unemployment figures, said:

“The release of the latest unemployment figures and the realisation that we are a long way from a turning point in this recession is a startling drop back to earth after the very positive mood of the last few weeks as a result of the success of our top sports competitors.

“Arlene Foster is right when she says that ‘it is time for a renewed and robust strategy to tackle unemployment.’ If she is genuine in her approach, then she will have my full support.

“However, this must include exploring any and all possibilities which are available to grow our economy and create jobs; flippantly refusing to co-operate on an all-island basis on our two key target industries, agri-food and tourism is not acceptable.

“If we are to have a renewed and robust strategy then this must include a proper economic analysis of the benefits of greater cross-border integration in these areas.”

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