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Michelin announcement devastating news for Ballymena - McKay

3 November, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said news that the Michelin factory in Ballymena is to be run down is devastating for the local area. 

Mr McKay said; 

"The news that Michelin is being run down is devastating, not only to Ballymena but much further afield. This is yet another blow to the manufacturing sector in North Antrim.

"More than 800 workers and their families have been left in shock at this news just weeks before Christmas. 

"The company needs to work closely with workers in the weeks and months ahead as they and their families face enormous challenges. 

"The Enterprise Minister should immediately set out what his department's plan of action is to ensure workers are offered retraining or upskilling to enable them to find further employment. 

"I have tabled an urgent question to the Enterprise Minister asking him what he plans to do in conjunction with Executive colleagues to support these workers in the time ahead.”

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