Investment opportunities will come once political dysfunction resolved, says Eastwood

Alliance Economy spokesperson Sorcha Eastwood MLA has said there are investment opportunities across key sectors of the local economy if political dysfunction here can be resolved.

Economy Sorcha Eastwood

The Lagan Valley MLA was speaking as a major trade delegation is scheduled to arrive in Northern Ireland alongside US Special Envoy for Northern Ireland Joe Kennedy, with Sorcha urging the need to look beyond a reliance on foreign direct investment, instead encouraging locally grown business to focus more on export opportunities.


Ms Eastwood has said: “Whilst it is fantastic to see yet more significant interest in Northern Ireland, it’s a shame it’s occurring against the backdrop of even more political dysfunction. Northern Ireland has so much potential and clearly there is interest from further afield in doing business here, yet some are determined to hold us back.


“To fully avail of all the economic opportunities we have in front of us, we must look at achieving long-term political stability through reform of the institutions, to put an end to stop-start government here and ensure Stormont can never again be collapsed by one single party for any reason.


“Many sectors across Northern Ireland are ripe for expansion and growth and we have to ensure we show potential investors the impact our local traders can have on external markets, leveraging our unique dual market access."