10/03/2020

First & Deputy First Minister Cancel Washington Trip

Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill have cancelled their planned trip to Washington on Wednesday.

The First and deputy First Ministers will instead attend a COBRA meeting on the coronavirus at Downing Street.

They had been due to celebrate St Patrick's Day in the United States, where Economy Minister Diane Dodds is currently promoting business investment in Northern Ireland.
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DUP Leader Arlene Foster said while it was of "an enormous opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland in DC", the priority lies with dealing with the spread of coronavirus.

Michelle O'Neill added: "It is regrettable that we must suspend our travel to the US to meet with political leaders and potential investors, but it is necessary.

"We were going to deliver the message that the North is open for business and is a great place to invest."

The Sinn Fein vice-president said all-Ireland medical co-ordination on the containment of the virus is ongoing.



(JG/CM)

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