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Executive meetings to be held outside Belfast

By Michael McHugh

Published 29/01/2016

First Minister Arlene Foster
First Minister Arlene Foster

Executive meetings are to be held in Fermanagh and Londonderry in the coming weeks as the First Minister pledged to extend politics to every town and community.

Arlene Foster promised to share economic prosperity across the province and said people from every background should be valued.

She said Northern Ireland had become a place where culture could be celebrated and respected. But she warned politicians needed to listen to their constituents in a bid to better understand the tasks ahead.

"I believe that politics should be a feature of every town and every community and that our elected representatives should get out and meet local people in their own constituencies," she said. The Fermanagh and South Tyrone Assembly Member was recently named First Minister and succeeds Peter Robinson at the head of the Executive and the DUP.

Mrs Foster delivered a keynote address at a leadership event in Belfast hosted by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

She said one of the first suggestions she made to Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was that before the elections in May they should take Executive meetings outside Belfast, and they agreed to hold meetings in Fermanagh and Derry shortly.

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