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Shock at Kilkeel job losses

10 August, 2009

South Down Sinn Féin Assembly Member Willie Clarke and local party spokesperson Sean Doran have both expressed their shock at the announcement on Friday of the loss of over 80 jobs in the Aircraft factory in Kilkeel.

Cllr Clarke said:

“Last week’s announcement of 88 people being paid off from the Aerospace factory in Kilkeel is a major blow to the people of the Mournes. It comes at a time when the economic downturn is already seriously impacting on families who are struggling to make ends meet.

“The loss of these jobs will also have serious implications for the wider economy and everything must be done to find alternative work and training for those who have been made redundant.”

Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson in the Mournes, Sean Doran, described the job losses as yet another serious blow for the town. He continued:

“Considering the decline in fishing and the seafood industry in general, combined with what is happing in the building sector, then quite clearly this is terrible news for the town of Kilkeel and families living throughout the Mournes.

“Kilkeel’s aerospace factory is probably south Down’s biggest employer and its diversely skilled workforce have helped sustain the local economy.

“Sinn Féin will work with the company’s management in a bid to help them in their current difficulties and everything possible must be done to support the workforce of the aerospace factory.” ENDS

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