Retail NI has welcomed the appointment of Karen Bradley as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and has urged her to hit the ground running to restore devolution.

The business group also wished James Brokenshire a speedy recovery and all the very best for the future.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “On behalf of Retail NI, I would like to wish James Brokenshire a speedy recovery and every success for the future”

“Karen Bradley must hit the ground running in an renewed effort to restore devolution and avoid direct rule. Her appointment will hopefully give new momentum to an intensive talks process which leads to the Executive being re-established”

“Our members are beyond frustration at the continuing political deadlock and lack of a Government. We will never be able to fully move our economy forward while we have this level of political instability”

“Karen Bradley has a incredibly tough role over the next few months and wish her well in her efforts. We look forward to working her”

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