Mike Nesbitt MLA, OFMDFM Committee Chair, Professor David Phinnemore, Professor of European Politics, QUB, Jane Morrice, Vice President European Economic and Social Committee and Colette Fitzgerald, Head of the European Commission Regional Office in Belfast all addressed the delegation.
David, Jane and Colette then took questions from the audience.
The Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust (NIABT) today has expressed its sadness at the tragic death of its trustee, Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond.
Lord Ballyedmond was an enthusiastic supporter and member of the NIABT, and was committed to encouraging greater links between the local business community and political representatives.
Chairperson of the NIABT, Phil Flanagan MLA said: “We are deeply shocked by Eddie’s untimely death last night. He was a respected and significant member of the local business community, whose influence was felt across the world.
“Not only a successful businessman, Eddie found time to serve continuously on the Board of the NIABT from 2008. He also hosted a number of NIABT delegations at Westminster and welcomed many visits to his flagship company Norbrook Laboratories in Newry.
“Dr Haughey’s enthusiasm and generosity will be sadly missed by all of his NIABT colleagues. The NIABT would like to take this opportunity to express its sympathies to his family and many friends.”
Judith Cochrane MLA spent a half day at the George Best City Airport under the watchful eye of CEO Brian Ambrose, Operations Director Mark Beattie.
Following an overview of the airport and its operations, Brian and Mark gave Judith the opportunity to find out how the airport runs on a daily basis, with a detailed tour including time spent at Air Traffic Control and with the Fire and Rescue Service.