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O'Neill urges Departments to work together on Primark fire site

7 September, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill said tonight she has spoken with Acting Head of the Civil Service David Sterling urging him to ensure that Stormont departments do all in their power to assist workers and businesses affected by the fall-out of the fire at Belfast’s Primark store.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“The impact of the inferno at Primark is still being acutely felt by businesses in Belfast city centre both inside and outside the cordon placed around the Bank Buildings.

“Mayor Deirdre Hargey and the Belfast City Council team have been working round the clock since the fire and I commend their efforts in assisting the workers and traders affected.

“Businesses in Belfast have also been calling for increased co-operation with government departments.

“Today I contacted the Acting Head of the Civil Service David Sterling to ensure that relevant Stormont departments are doing all in their power to assist those affected by the impact of the blaze.

“I have asked him to appoint a point person from the departments to liaise with the council and all the stakeholders to ensure that work at the site can be moved along as quickly as possible without compromising safety.  

“Mr Sterling has assured me that he will work with all relevant government departments to ensure that Belfast city centre gets back up and running as soon as possible.”

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