October 27, 2023
O’Neill ‘determined to lead real change’ in new Executive and ‘seize on economic opportunities

First Minister Designate Michelle O’Neill met with businesses in Mid Ulster on Friday morning.

Speaking after the business breakfast, Michelle O’Neill said:  

“Sinn Féin are committed to working with others from across the political spectrum to make politics work. 

“We want to drive the local economy, create political and economic stability to continue attracting investment and to create better jobs and opportunities for our young people.

“By working hand in hand to create these better opportunities, our young people can stay here, realise their full potential and succeed in their own communities and country.

“We now need a united effort for the common good.

“The democratic outcome of last May’s Assembly election must be respected. Power-sharing on the basis of equality is non-negotiable.

“In a new Executive, Sinn Féin will focus on the economy.

“We want to prioritise regional balance, work in partnership with local councils, business, and communities to maximise the potential of the all-Ireland economy.

“Just this week we had a visit from a US trade delegation ready to invest. This was a major opportunity to showcase the unique opportunities that we have here through our unique access to the EU and British markets.

“It’s time to move forward together to grasp these opportunities in the days and weeks ahead.

“We need locally elected ministers around the Executive table and working together to champion these opportunities and seize the economic opportunities available to us.

“As incoming First Minister, it is my absolute determination to lead real change and to deliver for workers, families and businesses.”

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