Causeway Chronicle

Time to build a better future for everyone – O’Neill and Little-Pengelly 

Delivering a better shared future for everyone is the key priority for the new Executive, the First Minister and deputy First Minister have said.

Michelle O’Neill and Emma Little-Pengelly were speaking as they delivered the keynote address at the NI Bureau breakfast event in Washington.

First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “Last year marked 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement. As a society we have come a long way and I am very optimistic about the opportunities that are in front of us.

“I am fortunate to live in a great place which is bursting with creativity and innovation. We are an attractive investment opportunity for global companies because of our talented workforce; dual market access with the EU and innovative home-grown companies.

“The special connection between the island of Ireland and the US continues to strengthen and grow. As we continue on this journey towards a better shared future for our people, I ask all of you to walk side by side with us.”

Deputy First Minister, Emma Little-Pengelly said: “We have come a long way over the past 25 years and today, Northern Ireland has a global reputation as a global partner in cyber, fintech and advanced manufacturing. 

“We export to more than 100 countries around the world and have welcomed more than 1,220 international businesses to our shores, including major US investors.  

“Incredible work has already been done and we have made significant progress. 

“As we continue to strive for a better, more prosperous tomorrow for our young people, the commitment and confidence that the US has shown in growing our economy has been truly invaluable. I believe that by working together, we can realise our full potential and keep Northern Ireland moving forward.”


Maurice Bradley