As we today celebrate one hundred years since the launch of RMS Titanic, we reflect on Northern Ireland’s past position as one of the world’s leading industrial capitals.
The ship was launched in Belfast Lough on 31 May 1911 by Harland & Wolff, then the largest shipyard in the world.
There are many moments in our history that we can look back on with pride and the Titanic is one of those.
But as we look back with pride, our attention should also be drawn to the future. While ill-fated, the construction showed the ingenuity and expertise of Belfast workers; ingenuity and expertise which we have not lost.
The goal for MLA’s and business leaders in Northern Ireland should be to reestablish Northern Ireland as a global player in business again, leaving an economic legacy which lasts, once more.