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The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the 42% reduction in Carrier Bag usage but has called for changes to the Levy. 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed disappointment with the failure of Newry Chamber of Commerce's Judicial Review to overturn DOE Minister Durkan's decision to grant planning permission for a major out of town hypermarket at Carnbane.

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has set out its views on the Chancellor's Budget.

 NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the conclusions of the Airport Commission for a third runway at Heathrow as giving future extra security to Northern Irelands air link to the airport. 

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:
 
“In our submission to the Airport Commission we outlined our support for the third runway at Heathrow. 
 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has called upon Trade Union Unite to call off the proposed public transport strike on 6th May, citing the disruption it would cause to the local economy.

NIIRTA is seeking an urgent meeting with Unite to discuss the forthcoming one day strike and is meeting with Translink later this week.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This public transport strike, proposed for 6th May, is the very last thing Northern Ireland needs at this time as we move out of recession.

Commenting on the closure of S & R Electrics, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

"This is very sad news for East Belfast and Newtownards and is a big loss to the entire retail sector. Our thoughts are also with the twenty staff who have lost their jobs.

"S & R was a hugely respected independent retailer who made a significant contribution to the local economy.

Today at a working lunch for business leaders and senior candidates from the five main parties, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has launched a thirty-point economic plan for Northern Irelands MPs and the new Parliament.

Retail First sets out wider policy priorities, which for the most part, are not devolved and fall within the current remit of Westminster, working in partnership with the NI Executive.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has given an initial welcome to the broad thrust of DOE Minister Mark H Durkans statement on Planning Reform at this afternoons Planning Forum.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has congratulated the newly elected 462 Councillors and 3 MEPs and urged them to put the economy top of their agenda. 

NIIRTA has produced a detailed 80 Point Programme for Local Government and a EU Five Point Plan.
 

Peter Russell, GM, BT Business, Northern Ireland, pictured with Shane Logan, Chief Executive of Ulster Rugby, taking some time out to prepare for the Smart Business Show in the Odyssey Arena Belfast.

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