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Aseembly have the ability to create construction jobs

15 October, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff and Chairperson of the Assembly Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee has stated today that the Assembly have the ability to create much needed construction jobs. His comments follow the highest jump in unemployment figures in over twenty years.

Speaking today Mr McElduff said:

"Sinn Féin are extremely concerned with the highest jump in over twenty years in unemployment figures.

"One of the key most affected groups of workers are those in the construction industry. The massive downturn in the industry is significantly boosting the recent unemployment figures.

"The Assembly have the ability to alleviate some of the burden upon the industry by bringing forward, as a matter of urgency, capital spending programmes from each Department. These have already been agreed in the budget and the money is there. This could lead to an injection of construction jobs into the labour market and relieve the stress and financial difficulty facing many of the workers and their families.

"A clear example of one such project is the construction of a multi-sports stadium at the site of Long Kesh. Unfortunately the DUP's Gregory Campbell is playing politics with this particular project, whether it will go ahead or not, or indeed where it will be located. This attitude will in no way aid the construction workers who are, no doubt, waiting for any opportunity to get back to work."

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