Earlier this week, ICE Northern Ireland joined other industry bodies in expressing grave concerns over the current political gridlock at a meeting with MLAs. During the discussion at Stormont, ICE NI Regional Director Richard Kirk echoed his fellow stakeholders' worries about the stagnating effect the crisis is having on the sector.
"Politicians must realise that the current inaction has serious implications for the quality of life of everyone in Northern Irleand," Richard said. "Sustained political instability causes economic uncertainty, leading to an exodus of skilled workers, job stagnation and divestment in Northern Ireland's infrastructure.
"We have seen several infrastructure projects put on hold when capital spend is halted. We need those to resume in order to deliver much-needed infrastructure, which will build our economic success for years to come."
Richard and his colleagues encouraged the politicians present to find a way forward in the interest of reinstating confidence and continuing economic development.
"We appreciate the difficulty of the situation, and are grateful that the MLAs responded positively to our raised concerns," Richard said. "We hope to see a resolution in the coming weeks, and know that a return to business as usual will mean better quality of life for everyone in Northern Ireland."