Belfast Telegraph

Arlene Foster makes vow to stand firm on the economy

By Staff Reporter

First Minister Arlene Foster has vowed "not to walk away" from the opportunities and challenges facing the economy.

The DUP leader was speaking at an annual business breakfast held by Upper Bann MP David Simpson.

She told the event that Northern Ireland had enjoyed "great success" since devolution in 2007, even though it had coincided with global downturn.

"Northern Ireland has achieved levels of foreign direct investment which are the envy of most other UK regions. We have seen Belfast established as a base for many multi-national firms and our film industry go from strength to strength," she said.

She added that the economy had been a "huge part" of her life as an Executive Minister. "Like the DUP, I will not be walking away from the challenges and the opportunities which face us.

"I want people to share in the vision that I have outlined for Northern Ireland, and in doing that they can be assured that I will be here for the long-term, delivering on that vision. The people of this country deserve nothing less."

Mr Simpson told delegates that Upper Bann and Northern Ireland were "open for business" although global uncertainty showed the Executive had "redoubled efforts" to bring jobs and investment.

Proceeds from the event will be split between Action Cancer and Meningitis Research.

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