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Northern Ireland

Business and Civic Society make urgent appeal to local MLAs with delivery of Open Letter of Stormont

08 Apr 2017

19 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, representatives from business and civic society have come together to present an open letter to all members of the Northern Ireland Assembly - calling on local politicians to find a way forward in creating a power-sharing government and a local Executive that works for all people in Northern Ireland.

Signed by business bodies, representatives from the Community and Voluntary Sector and other members of civic society such as universities and membership organisations – the letter seeks to act as a final plea to political leaders to create a Northern Ireland which will guarantee peace, attract investment, deliver job creation and social progress.

The leaders of various organisations gathered at Stormont to demonstrate their support for the messages in the open letter and to encourage a successful conclusion of the current political talks. The letter was then hand delivered to the Assembly staff for distribution to individual MLAs.

The bodies signed up to the letter are as follows:

  • Institute of Directors (IoD) NI
  • NI Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)
  • Ulster Farmers Union
  • Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce
  • Federation of British Industry NI (CBI)
  • Federation of Small Business (FSB) NI
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Ulster University
  • Construction Employers Federation (CEF) NI
  • NI Retail Consortium
  • Retail NI
  • Freight Transport Association (FTA)
  • Hospitality Ulster
  • NI Food & Drink Association (NIFDA)
  • Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade
  • Quarry Products Association NI (QPANI)
  • Manufacturing NI
  • Women in Business
  • Londonderry Chamber of Commerce
Download a copy of the open letter

For more information, please contact the IoD NI Office on: 

028 9694 6740


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