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Magherafelt job losses further blow to local economy - Mc Guinness

4 August, 2004

Mid Ulster MP Martin MC Guinness has described the announced job losses at BALCAS in Magherafelt as a further blow to the local economy.

Mr Mc Guinness said:

"First of all I would like to sympathise with those most directly affected by this announcement, that is the workers who will lose their jobs and their families, at a time when employment opportunities are scarce in the Mid-Ulster area. Coming on the back of recent heavy redundancies in the Textile Industry this is a further blow to the local economy.

"I have in the past lobbied Direct Rule Ministers for a strategic Plan for economic development in Mid-Ulster and I will once more be contacting InvestNI to demand that Mid-Ulster be given more attention when potential investors are surveying sites for investment.

"Mid-Ulster has been particularly affected by job losses in the Textile Industry in recent years and urgent government action is required to stem the loss of traditional employment in the area. I am seeking an urgent meeting with Direct Rule Minister Ian Pearson to impress on him the need to

address investment in job creation and retraining in Mid-Ulster as a matter of urgency."

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