Irish Times and InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards

Part of Northern Ireland Assembly – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 6th February 2012.

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Photo of Simon Hamilton Simon Hamilton DUP 3:00 pm, 6th February 2012

I thank the Minister for her response. I am sure that she agrees that the Irish Republic does not have a monopoly on innovation. Therefore, the statistics that she has highlighted are deeply disturbing. Will she also comment on the nomination of Bord Bia, which local food producers tell me operates an increasingly protectionist stance?