Publicans Meet With Shadow Secretary of State

Publicans Meet With Shadow Secretary of State

13 February 2013

PUBLICANS MEET WITH SHADOW SECRETARY OF STATE TO DISCUSS IMPACT OF PROTESTS ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND

Shadow Secretary of State, Vernon Coaker MP (centre) joins Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Pubs of Ulster (left) and Mark Stewart, Chairman of Pubs of Ulster (right), to discuss the widespread impact of the flag protests on local trade across Northern Ireland. During a meeting of Pubs of Ulster’s Executive Committee today (Tuesday 12th February), licensees from across the province discussed the immediate future of the industry and stressed that the impact of the flag protests extended far beyond Belfast, with pubs right across Northern Ireland feeling the knock on effects in terms of footfall and revenue. Speaking after the meeting, Colin Neill, chief executive of Pubs of Ulster said: “Today’s meeting was an opportunity for the Shadow Secretary of State to hear of the impact the flag protests have had and are continuing to have on businesses right across Northern Ireland.  During the meeting, Mr Coaker pledged to support the trade and to do what he can to help struggling businesses across Northern Ireland.  We hope that today’s meeting will help keep the needs of the local business community at the top of the political agenda, both in Northern Ireland and at Westminster.”