Belfast Telegraph

Taoiseach Enda Kenny throws weight behind We’re Backing Belfast campaign

Claire McNeilly

By Claire McNeilly

Support for the We’re Backing Belfast campaign keeps growing and growing.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is the latest to back the campaign launched by this paper to try and encourage people to come into our city and get behind our bars, restaurants and shops.

And despite filthy weather in the city on Friday night there was clear evidence that people were coming out in defiance of the flag protesters who have brought many traders to their knees in recent weeks.

Our campaign has the support of the Prime Minister, the Labour leader, the First Minister, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast Visitor and Convention Centre and many more.

Mr Kenny said: “I'm delighted to support this Belfast Telegraph initiative. Belfast has rightly become known as a vibrant and welcoming place to visit, to do business and to enjoy the hospitality of its people.

“This is a time to look forward, to build on the great work that has been done in Northern Ireland and to celebrate Belfast's capacity to thrive.”

Baroness May Blood said it was important that people do not give in to threats. She added: “People have to carry on as normal and come out and spend money and that’s why I completely support the Belfast Telegraph’s campaign.”

Author Glenn Patterson said: “Two local economies are currently being affected; the micro-economy in east Belfast and the city centre itself. I support what the Belfast Telegraph is doing.”

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