The Strangford Assembly Member stated: “We need to broker a deal in order to boost the local economy. We need a deal to be able to give the people of Northern Ireland the full benefits of the peace dividend.
“The restoration of devolution will attract major investors to the region and create new jobs.
“For too long Northern Ireland has been the poor relation in the UK. For too long local people and local businesses have suffered at the hands of the paramilitaries. They deserve to reap the rewards of a lasting peace. A deal must be done to let us move into a new era of peace and prosperity. We must be allowed the chance to flourish and only devolution can deliver that chance.
“Everyone is sick of the tribal parties blocking progress on restoring the Assembly. The time has come for them to stop wasting time and start making progress to benefit everyone in Northern Ireland.”