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Sinn Féin call on politicians to work together to save food processing plant jobs

27 January, 2006

Sinn Féin East Derry MLA Francie Brolly has called on local politicians to work together to save jobs at the FarmFed Chickens processing plant in Coleraine.

Mr Brolly said:

"This is devastating news and will potentially have a huge knock-on effect on the local economy.

"This is an important employer in the Coleraine and north coast area and will be a bad blow particularly as this area has been going through more difficult times recently. If these jobs are lost there is little prospect of a return for the processing industry in this area.

"My hope is that local politicians can put aside their differences and work together to save jobs. I believe that we can keep as much of the viable business going as possible, particularly if we work with other processing companies.

"The food processing sector is economically very important and I think that the loss of this processing plant may cause wider concerns about the long-term future of the food and drinks processing sector." ENDS

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