Colm Cavanagh said: “In my own city of Derry only one adult in two is actually in employment. Developing the Northern Ireland economy and creating jobs is absolutely crucial – and since we are already so heavily dependent on the public sector, this can only mean growing the private sector. Every business from corner shops, to self-employment, to the social economy to multi-nationals is important to Northern Ireland. Our aim must be to become economically self-sufficient. That will be an extremely difficult task, and there’s a very long way to go.
“A united community will do much better than a divided one. De-segregating our society in Northern Ireland will benefit everyone. The £1 billion that is currently wasted annually maintaining a segregated society could be better spent on vital frontline services.”