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Adams Criticises Government and Invest NI on TriVirix plant

29 March, 2006

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Gerry Adams has spoken to Angela Smith, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment on the future of the TriVirix Company on the Springvale site in West Belfast.

Mr. Adams today said:

"I do not believe that the British direct rule Ministers or Invest NI are doing enough to save this plant and the jobs which depend on it.

"I am aware that there have been expressions of interest in the TriVirix plant from possible buyers. Among the expressions of interest are some which may be serious. More time and more effort is therefore needed to explore these possibilities. Another £85 thousand would be a modest provision compared to the cost of people going onto the dole.

"I am very concerned that there is a lack of interest within Invest NI to energetically and thoroughly pursue these.

"They should be protecting the substantial public investment already made, protecting the skills-base, and protecting this employment in an area of greatest socio-economic need.

"I have seen little evidence to indicate that Invest NI, together with officials in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Department of Employment & Learning, have an effective and integrated action plan to sustain TriVirix. Invest NI is not being exhaustive or proactive." ENDS

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