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We must present Northern Ireland as a welcoming society to the world

"The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is increasingly concerned at the potential impact that the negative image of Northern Ireland’s current political climate could have on trade, our economy and the creation of inward investment jobs. It is essential that we are seen to be a society that treats people with respect and equality irrespective of their race or background. This is not the perception that Northern Ireland is presenting at the moment to the world:  we are making headlines for the wrong reasons and this has the potential to damage the international trade of our exporting companies as well as making the job of attracting inward investment more difficult.  As an immediate priority the Executive must make very clear its commitment to ensuring that Northern Ireland is a welcoming society for people of diverse backgrounds and that intolerance is a thing of the past."

Philip Gilliland
President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce