Villiers open to talks with Dublin on NW enterprise

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers.

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Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says she’s willing to talk to Dublin about a cross-border enterprise zone in the North West.

Londonderry MP Mark Durkan asked the Minister if, in light of the announcement of Coleraine as the location for a pilot enterprise zone for big industry, further announcements could follow here.

She said: “We are certainly open to discussions with the Irish Government about cross-border initiatives to boost the economy, which could well include enterprise zones.

“Our report back on the Government’s economic pact with the Northern Ireland Executive made it clear that the Treasury is prepared to discuss the possibility, subject to affordability, of additional enterprise zones in Northern Ireland, and I think it would be great if those discussions went forward.”