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I refer to the article headlined 'It was a crucial Commons debate about Northern Ireland's economy - so where was the Secretary of State?' (News, March 2).

Grow NI's main objective is the devolution of corporation tax-varying powers.

While Grow NI fully acknowledges the significant support that the Belfast Telegraph has shown for the devolution of corporation tax, the content of your article was disappointing in two respects.

Firstly, it is exceedingly unfair to portray the absence of the Secretary of State from one non-voting debate as reflecting his lack of interest in our economy. To quote Peter Robinson: "If Owen Paterson is able to deliver corporation tax-varying powers to Northern Ireland, then he will have done more for Northern Ireland's economy than the rest of the previous secretaries of state put together."

Secondly, the article focused on certain obstacles facing the devolution of corporation tax.

It would have been more appropriate to report the positive opportunities that could arise from devolving corporation tax.

Surely, in these austere times, it would be better to support those trying to introduce measures designed to create jobs?

EAMONN DONAGHY

Grow NI

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