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O’ Dowd Welcomes Commitment from Foster to meet any New Owners of First Trust

10 May, 2010 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’ Dowd has welcomed a commitment from the DETI Minister Arlene Foster to meet any new owners of First Trust bank to discuss existing staffs job security and continued investment by the bank.

The Minister was responding to a question today in the Assembly asked by Mr O’Dowd on the subject.

He said

“While justifiable public anger has been directed towards the banking system no one should confuse the leaders of such banks with the staff who work in them to secure their homes and families like so many other workers.

“I welcome the commitment given by Minister Foster to meet with any new owners of the First Trust bank, this will give a clear indication to potential new owners that the Executive is prepared to work with Business to help it succeed and to staff that the Executive listen to and works for them. ENDS-

Notes to Editors

Question to DETI Minister Question time Monday 10th of May.

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what discussions she has had with the
Minister of Finance and Personnel to offset any potential job losses as a result of the sale of
the First Trust Bank.

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