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Foster treating forum with 'disdain'

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Foster treating forum with 'disdain' thumbnailFIRST Minister, Arlene Foster MLA.

FIRST Minister Arlene Foster has been accused of treating by the all-island forum on Brexit with disdain by the chief executive of the Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency.

Speaking in the week where the DUP declined an invite to the event in Dublin this week, Dr Conor Patterson told the BBC's Inside Business programme that it was the wrong approach to take.

"I was there, others were there, we weren't grandstanding," he said.

"We were there because we're concerned about the future of Northern Ireland and the first minister is first minister for all of Northern Ireland, all its geography and all its people and all its businesses and it's important now that she engages and this disdainful attitude, deriding people, this has to stop."

Mrs Foster had previously criticised the forum as a "grandstanding exercise" and said she had better things to do than be a "lone voice among remoaners".

The Newry Democrat approached the DUP for a response from Mrs Foster, but none had been received at the time of going to press.

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