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Sinn Féin to discuss ‘regional disparity’ with Invest NI Chief

14 April, 2008

Sinn Fein MLA Paul Maskey, who is the deputy Chairperson of the Assembly Enterprise, Trade and Investment scrutiny committee, speaking ahead of a party meeting with the Chief Executive of Invest NI has said that the body is not active enough in areas of deprivation and the North West.

The meeting will be attended by MLA's from across the North including Newry Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan, Foyle MLA Martina Anderson and Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Paul Maskey said:

"Sinn Fein will putting a number of questions to Invest NI because in a number of very specific areas there is a widespread belief that not enough is being done to bring, and importantly sustain in the long-term, jobs and investment into deprived areas in North and West Belfast, Derry and the North West.

"Invest NI have to demonstrate activity levels in areas of deprivation and in the North West.

"At the heart of this is the need for Invest NI to demonstrate how it is going to live up to Programme for Government commitments to tackle regional disparity and promote equality.

"Sinn Fein will also be raising a number of specific concerns including Invest NI activity in Armagh City and District and the future development of Carbane Industrial Estate in Newry.

"Sinn Féin also believe, particularly in light of the recent announcement from Brian Cowen, that Invest NI must fully integrate an all-Ireland approach within its Corporate plan." ENDS

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