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Peter Robinson slammed tourist board over 'all-Ireland' strategy

Former First Minister Peter Robinson
Former First Minister Peter Robinson

Former First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson criticised the Northern Ireland Tourist Board in a declassified file from 1995.

The file contains a news release in which Mr Robinson "condemned the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for its intention to pursue an all-Ireland tourist strategy".

He was upset that in June 1995 the NITB received a report, 'A Tourism Brand for Ireland', that had been commissioned by Republic of Ireland consultants for the Irish Tourism Council and placed Dublin as being central in the strategy.

He said: "Given the way in which NITB has, in the past, pandered to the Government's plans for an all-Ireland approach is evidenced by its new logo of a shamrock with a red leaf in the centre, there is some evidence that decisions are being made on a political rather than a commercial basis."

In a letter to Lord Rathcavan, Rt Hon Hugh O'Neill, chairman of NITB, dated July 17, 1995, Mr Robinson wrote: "I have been greatly disturbed by a report I have received of a meeting which took place in early June concerning 'A Tourism Brand for Ireland'."

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