A statement from the Rt Rev Harold Miller, Bishop of Down and Dromore:
The insolvency of Harland and Wolff is a troubling development for the people of East Belfast and Northern Ireland as a whole. Harland and Wolff has played a central and iconic role in the province’s economy to date, and has shown innovation and resilience by adapting its business to the growth in renewable energy. The company has had an important role in passing on skills learned and built up over decades to a younger generation, which should not be lost. I encourage all in leadership to do everything in their power to secure the future of the company and for government to seek out new opportunities on behalf of its employees and their families.