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Invest NI Performance Report expected soon

1 September, 2006

Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has said that the party will examine the Invest NI Performance Report due to be published shortly against last year's Annual Report to see if the failure to support balanced regional developed has been corrected.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The last Annual Report from Invest NI showed clearly that there was a problem in how it was approaching its statutory Equality duty. In blunt terms there were huge disparities in the level of assistance being offered with the vast bulk of Invest NI money going to South and East Belfast.

"The annual Invest NI report showed a clear imbalance in the way resources were being targeted. The impact West of the Bann, in border areas and in North and West Belfast is especially stark because these are areas of high deprivation and unemployment.

"A comparison of the six council areas identified

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