A first step was a stinging critique from the party’s economy spokesman, Mitchel McLaughlin, of the just released annual report of the Northern Ireland inward investment agency, Invest NI. The party also claims unfairness in the amount of public housing available to Catholics.
The report, said McLaughlin, showed “a clear imbalance” in the way resources are being targeted. “The impact west of the (River) Bann, in border areas and in North and West Belfast is especially stark because these are areas of high deprivation and unemployment.”
“West Belfast received fewer offers of financial assistance than any other constituency. North and West Belfast together received less than a third of the financial assistance given to South and East Belfast for 2003/04 (