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Do you want investment in South Belfast Alasdair? – Ó Muilleoir

25 February, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir for South Belfast has called on the SDLP leader and MP for South Belfast Alasdair McDonnell to clarify if he agrees with his party colleague Alex Attwood that Foreign Direct Investment should not be targeted at South and East Belfast.

Speaking today Mr Ó Muilleoir said:

“In the latest debate on the Welfare Bill in the Assembly Alex Attwood said clearly that to address disadvantage you should not place Foreign Direct Investment in south and east Belfast but in west Belfast.

“I have no problem with tacking disadvantage. Sinn Féin has always believed in targeting and addressing disadvantage on the basis of objective need. However that is not achieved by disinvesting in other areas. Equality is about lifting the bar for all, not a race to the bottom.

“That has been my experience as someone who has invested over many years across Belfast.

“We are on the cusp of the biggest investments in south Belfast in a generation with new buildings for Concentrix and AllState planned for the Maysfield site, the opening up of the Lanyon Tunnels, the creation of a jobs hub in Sandy Row, and the opening up of the northern fringe of the Gasworks for technology firms. We should be encouraging and supporting those behind these inspirational investments not calling for them to be halted. 

“My question for the SDLP leader and MP for South Belfast is does he agree with his party colleague or does he have an entirely different vision for South Belfast.

“These are issues that I would be interested to discuss in a head-to-head debate in the constituency. I have called for such an opportunity but as yet, to date, the response has been negative.”

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