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.

The Cathedral Quarter Festival is delighted to welcome one of the Labour Partys leading figures Peter Hain, Leader of the House of Commons from 2003 to 2005 and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2005 to 2007 under Tony Blair. 

The Smart Business Show is a new event on the business calendar and its quite unlike any other youve ever been to. The economy is starting to grow again and if you want to be a part of this new tomorrow, or even just to survive in an increasingly globalised world, you need to be smart.The pace of change has never been greater and keeping up with all of the advances in technology, as well as the day job, is essential. Innovation, knowledge and doing what you do that bit better than anyone else are the keys to success; all of these are what you will find at the Smart Business Show.

Whether you've started a new business or are part of a large corporation, there will be something useful at this show for you and probably a lot more than you ever imagined. Make your smart move and visit the Smart Business Show 29 & 30 May at the Odyssey Arena. You can use promo code NIIRTA for your free ticket or by clicking HERE. 

The EU needs to establish a Town Centre Taskforce for Northern Ireland-that was one of the key points in theEU Five Point Plan launched today by the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA). 

Local European Parliament candidates Jim Nicholson, Anna Lo, Alex Attwood, Diane Dodds, Tina McKenzie and Ross Brown attended the launch in Ballyhackamore.