The Chairperson of Fine Gael’s Border Forum has said that the Northern Ireland Assembly to be elected over this weekend must be the key driver of an all-island and British-Irish agenda for economic recovery.
Wishing all candidates good luck ahead of the Northern Ireland Assembly election counts, Joe McHugh TD (Chairperson Fine Gael Border Forum) said: “Northern Ireland’s institutions (Strand I of the Good Friday Agreement) have been established and consolidated. Now, thirteen years on from 1998, North-South linkages (Strand II) and British-Irish linkages (Strand III) must be meaningfully developed.
“Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are all in deep recession. We must pool resources and work together, and Strands II & III of the Good Friday Agreement provide the basis for such collaboration. The NI Assembly that will be elected this weekend must be the key driver of this agenda.
“I wish all candidates good luck, and look forward to getting down to work with Northern Ireland’s new MLAs very quickly after the election.”