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O’Neill meets US on talks and Bombardier

19 September, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill met the US Minister-Counselor Robert J. Faucher and US Consul General today to discuss the ongoing political situation and the aerospace trade dispute, which has prompted concerns for the future of Bombardier’s Belfast operation. 

Michelle O'Neill said: "The United States has always played a constructive and supportive role in our peace and political process so this was an opportunity to update the US administration on the current political situation here. The US is obviously keen to see the power-sharing institutions restored and I reiterated the need for them to be returned on a basis of equality and rights in order for that to happen.

"It was also an opportunity to raise the ongoing trade dispute which has prompted concerns about the impact on Bombardier's plant in Belfast.

“I have already held previous discussions with both the US Consul General and written to the US Vice President Mike Pence stressing the importance of Bombardier to our economy.

“Today’s meeting was part of that ongoing engagement and I stressed that, whatever the outcome of the dispute, every possible effort must be made to protect the local Bombardier workforce.

"I am also meeting today with UNITE the trade Union representatives of workers at Bombardier to discuss a number of challenges facing the workforce."

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