Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

MPs bid to retain Northern Ireland's regional aid status

A cross-party delegation of MPs has brought the case for the retention of Northern Ireland’s regional aid status to London.

Former SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie was part of the delegation which met Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise.

“The purpose of regional aid is to support investment and job creation and encourage firms to set up new establishments in Europe's most disadvantaged regions,” she said.

“The SDLP has been consistent in its opposition to the UK Government’s withdrawal of Northern Ireland’s automatic entitlement to 100% assisted area coverage, as this fails to recognise the ongoing and unique situation in Northern Ireland, a situation which is not experienced in any other region of the UK,” the South Down MP added.

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