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Doherty believes Melon Bank focused on merits of investing in Omagh

9 May, 2008

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that he believes that the visit by senior executives of the Bank of New York Mellon to the ancestral home of its founding father Thomas Mellon at the Ulster American Folk Park today has focused their minds on the many merits of investing in Omagh.

Bank of New York Mellon Senior Executives Woody Kerr and David Aldrich came to Omagh on request of written invitations from Pat Doherty MP, Omagh DC and the Ulster American Folk and scheduled the visit as part of their itinerary during this week's major US Investment Conference.

Mr Doherty said,

"No one is naive enough to believe that a major investment company such as the Bank of New York Mellon would be minded to make decisions based on sentimentality alone.

"However, while I have no doubt that yesterday's visit to the Ulster American Folk Park had a profound effect on both Executives in terms of retracing the humble beginnings of their Bank's founding father, I also believe that they have left strongly acknowledging the merits of Omagh as an investment location. I am confident that the contact now established with the Bank of New York Mellon will be an enduring one which will over time bear fruit." ENDS

Note to editors:

On arrival the Senior Executives were greeted by the local MP, Chair of Omagh District Council and representatives and representatives from the Ulster American Folk Park

After a guided tour of the Mellon Homestead and the rest of the Folk Park and following formal speeches, an reception was held at which the Senior Executives discussed the merits of Omagh as an investment location with officials from: Omagh District Council; the Strategic Investment Board; the Department of Social Development as well as the local MP, local MLAs and local Councillors.

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