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People will pay the cost of DUP support for Brexit - O'Dowd

22 February, 2017 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd has said the decision by the DUP to accept a donation of hundreds of thousands of pounds from a mystery donor to back Brexit is going to paid for by workers and citizens across the North.

Mr O’Dowd was speaking after pharmaceutical giant Almac confirmed to a House of Commons committee they may be forced to move production from their Portadown plant to their newly acquired base in Dundalk because of the difficulties presented to them by Brexit.

“Almac is one of the North’s major employers and a significant employer in Upper Bann. 

“Hundreds of families depend on the income jobs at the Portadown plant generate. 

“Confirmation that their recent purchase of a base in Dundalk was in direct response to Brexit will cause concern to employees and beyond.

“When the DUP supported Brexit and were taking hundreds of thousands of pounds off mystery donors they put in jeopardy the jobs, hopes and aspirations of ordinary men and women.”

In conclusion Mr O’ Dowd said;

“It is not only current investors in the North’s economy who will look south for an EU base and production centres, it will also be prospective investors who will opt for the safe option of a base in the EU.  

“The only way forward for the North to protect its economy and people's jobs is for the North to be granted Special Status within the EU, to give employers like Almac some certainty.” 

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