Georgina Milne

Belfast City Council motion challenges support for weapons industry

Monday 03 July 2017

Cllr Georgina Milne of the Green Party has asked Belfast City Council to review funding given to companies involved in the weapons industry by Invest NI and the Department for the Economy.

Cllr Milne brought the motion on Monday evening with a number of Belfast based businesses preparing to exhibit or offer support to the world’s biggest arms and weapons fair, Defense and Security Equipment International, held in London in September 2017.

The Ormiston Councillor said: “There is a real possibility that tax payer’s money will go towards a weapons conference attended by buyers from oppressive regimes such as Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

“That’s why I am asking Belfast City Council to write to both Invest NI and the Department for the Economy asking them to review this funding stream.

“This money would be better directed towards developing sustainable businesses in Belfast such as renewable energy initiatives and building the circular economy.”

Cllr Milne concluded:

“The UK is the second biggest arms dealer in the world. Rather than continue to throw money at this industry, let’s support local companies developing the clean energy solutions that will make a positive contribution to our economy and environment.”

ENDS     

Notes to editors:

(1)     DSEI, the world’s largest weapons and defence conference, held every two years, happening in London in September 2017:https://www.dsei.co.uk/#/

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