United front by Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness puts focus on new jobs
Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness presented a united front at Stormont Castle yesterday despite their recent political squabbles.
The two men stood beside Prime Minister David Cameron to pledge that Stormont would not collapse, despite recent strains. Furthermore, they predicted that hundreds if not thousands of jobs would come to Northern Ireland as a result of the economic conference.
"There is no likelihood of our administration falling apart," Mr Robinson assured the media.
He admitted "we have difficulties, big difficulties, but we will do what we always do. We will continue to talk and be involved in dialogue until we resolve the outstanding issues".
The First Minister was upbeat about the hoped-for benefits of the economic conference: "I am absolutely certain that as a result of the investment conference there literally will be hundreds if not thousands of jobs coming to Northern Ireland."
The two men had just held a meeting with Mr Cameron and Theresa Villiers, the Secretary of State, where they discussed plans for a shared future alongside political and economic issues.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was also at pains to put recent public disagreements with Mr Robinson in perspective.
He said: "Our job as political leaders is to stand against violence, whether it is the violence of the UVF in Belfast or the violence of so-called dissident groups. We can give no quarter to these people. We have to stand solid, firm and together."