First Minister visits Lisburn for walkabout

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The recently appointed First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster recently visited Lisburn.

Lagan Valley DUP MLAs Paul Givan and Edwin Poots welcomed Arlene Foster to Lisburn last week as she delivered her Christmas message in her new role as Leader of the DUP.

During her visit to the city, Mrs Foster said: “As I take up my new role, I am deeply conscious of my personal responsibility to each and every person in Northern Ireland.

“I promise you all that I will do my utmost to make our country the best part of the United Kingdom in which to live, work and raise a family.

“As a mother, I have a special interest in making Northern Ireland work. I want my children to want to stay in Northern Ireland. When I was a child, we had a great people but there was little hope.

“I will work hard to ensure that our children grow up in a country they will be proud to call home. Norther Ireland’s best is yet to come.

“I pray it’s a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year for you and your family.”

Speaking after welcoming the DUP leader to the city, Mr Givan said: “We were delighted to welcome Arlene to Lisburn and go for a walkabout in the City Centre to meet with people who took the opportunity to wish her well in her new role.”

Mr Poots added: “Arlene Foster has always been a strong supporter of growing the local economy in Lisburn and provided millions of pounds through Invest NI supporting our local companies.

“We have every confidence that continuing to grow the local economy and supporting business will be a key priority for Arlene as leader of the DUP and First Minister.”