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 Phil Flanagan Phil Flanagan Sinn Féin 3:00 pm, 6th February 2012

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. As we grapple with the worst recession that we have faced in a generation, with soaring unemployment and emigration, the fact that this awards ceremony proves to be a priority for the DUP and its Ministers is very concerning to me. Would the Minister not be better providing support and assistance to local firms, so that they can compete across the world with innovation, instead of targeting cheap attacks on a good all-Ireland body?