Following on from ABTA’s call for English agents to re-engage with local authorities Damian Murphy from ANITA has said the NI Executive MUST provide financial support NOW to save jobs.
Damian said: “ABTA have asked all agents in England to once again speak to their local authorities around the subject of financial support. Things work in a different way here and if we are to have any chance of further support it is the Executive who must provide this.
“We have been in discussions with them for the last three weeks but once again progress seems to be at a snails pace. I would urge all agents in Northern Ireland to re-engage with their MLAs – pointing out that things have just got even worse and tell them help is needed and it’s needed now.
“I know the current restrictions are likely to be temporary -but could well run into several weeks and months. The situation our industry is in right now with our executive is pretty ridiculous (no department will stand up and take ownership of our sector).
“Surely the First and Deputy First Minister could intervene here given our precarious position and ask the Economy Department to help us. I am waiting patiently for replies to the various calls and emails the ANITA committee have sent recently and can’t believe we are still getting passed from pillar to post.”