P&O Ferries Update

Part of Ministerial Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 1:30 pm on 21st March 2022.

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Photo of Jim Allister Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice 1:30 pm, 21st March 2022

I am sure that we all agree that any company that is dealing in a decent fashion with its workers does not need balaclavas or handcuffs. I want to focus the Minister's attention on the current economic consequences of the situation. There are hauliers who are at their wits' end wondering how they are going to get their goods, some of which are perishable, transported. I will read the Minister a comment that has just been sent to me by a haulier who listened to the Minister's statement. You will get the frustration:

"All very nice words, but he'd be better focusing his attention on actually doing something about it before small businesses go to the wall while Stormont watches them."

There are not enough spaces on the surviving services to transport necessary goods and —