DUP Leader and First Minister Arlene Foster MLA has welcomed the announcement by the Secretary of State Brandon Lewis that £3m has been ring-fenced to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland.
Mrs Foster said,
“I welcome the “Our Story in the Making: NI Beyond 100” branding and fund which was announced by the Northern Ireland Office.
The 2021 centenary will at times be about reflection, commemoration and celebration but it must also be about looking forward to the new century of Northern Ireland.
It must be about the next generations and building a Northern Ireland within which our grandchildren can be educated, live, work and grow old.
The Northern Ireland of 1921 was of its time. The Northern Ireland of the new century must be of ours. In 1921 we were world leaders in ships, rope and textiles. For 2021 we have now established new industries of fintech, cybersecurity, film and television and advanced manufacturing.
We must now use every tool at our disposal such as the new national levelling up agenda to develop the national infrastructure we need to keep Northern Ireland moving forward.
Finally, those who refuse to engage with the centenary, are mistaken and should use this announcement to re-examine their decision.”