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Lynch says Target Express closure a major blow to the local economy

28 August, 2012 - by Seán Lynch

Sinn Fein MLA Sean Lynch has said he is very shocked and saddened to learn that Target Express has ceased trading.

The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said:

“This is a major blow to the local economy as the company has depots in Lisnaskea and Clones and my thoughts are with the workers and their families at this time.

“It is particularly shocking if newspaper reports are true that the Revenue Commissioners in the 26-Counties have refused to compromise or reach an agreement with the company to try and avoid the job losses.

“The loss of 50 plus jobs locally is another blow to an area which has lost a lot of jobs over the years and is still trying to recover from years of neglect by successive British and Irish Governments.

“The job losses may well have a greater impact as ancillary jobs could be in danger. According to the Irish Road Haulage Association 5000 jobs have been lost in the industry on the island in the last two years.

“Surely with this in mind the Revenue Commissioners should have taken a more sympathetic approach to Seamus McBrien's company as it was the largest privately owned haulage company in the 26 Counties.

“My offices in Lisnaskea and Enniskillen are open for advice to all of the workers affected by the closure and I will endeavour to help in whatever I can.

“Many of these people will have mortgages and direct debits affected and I would ask the local banks in particular to be sympathetic to their plight. I can be contacted at either Enniskillen 028 66 328214 or Lisnaskea 028677 21642."

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