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Adams calls on Hain to support efforts to rescue TriVirix

27 February, 2006

Gerry Adams has asked Peter Hain to support efforts to rescue TriVirix International which went into administration on the 21st February.

TriVirix is a high tech manufacturer of electronic equipment for the medical industry. It is based at the Springvale site in west Belfast.

Mr. Adams met with Peter Hain on Saturday morning.

Both he and west Belfast MLA Michael Ferguson met with Billy Hayes the General Secretary of the CWU union which represents most of those employed at TriVirix, along with several workers employed on the site.

Mr Adams said:

"The medical industry is a growth industry and TriVirix is a cutting edge manufacturer with significant potential. Everything should be done to prevent this company from collapsing. Invest NI should urgently step in to protect the public investment and jobs at TriVirix and ensure that the company can be sold as a going concern.

"There is 13 % unemployment in west Belfast. For the rest of the city the figure is 4.8%. It is obvious that Belfast but particular the constituency of west Belfast cannot afford to lose the jobs at TriVirix. Peter Hain should intervene. ENDS

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