Tuesday 17 September 2019

Trade row risks peace process: Coveney

Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. Picture: PA
Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. Picture: PA

John Mulgrew

The Bombardier-Boeing trade dispute could damage the peace process as well as hit jobs, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney warned a senior US official.

In a recent preliminary ruling, the US Department of Commerce imposed a 220pc tariff on Bombardier's new C Series jets following a complaint by Boeing that its Canadian rival had received State subsidies. The C Series wings are built in east Belfast, where thousands of jobs are now at risk.

Mr Coveney warned US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross that he should "consider fully the significance of the case for the security of the economy in Northern Ireland, which is an essential support to the peace process".

He was speaking to Mr Ross during the start of a two-day visit to the US.

Irish Independent

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