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Investment west of the Bann must be supported - Gildernew
Published: 14 December, 2014
Sinn Féin MPs Francie Molloy, Pat Doherty and Michelle Gildernew are seeking a meeting with enterprise minister Arlene Foster to find out why a £40m investment to Dale Farm's Cookstown facility is being held back due to lack of energy supply.
The Mid Ulster MP Molloy said:
"I was astounded to hear David Dobbin, chief executive of Dale Farm, say his firm wanted to invest £40m in a project in Cookstown, County Tyrone.
"However, he could not proceed because neither the correct electricity or gas facilities are in place.
'It is also totally unacceptable that electricity provider NIE has suggested to Dale Farm to move their project east of the Bann.
"The constituencies west of the Bann, which we represent, are already suffering from decades of discrimination and underinvestment. The minister must act now. Along with NIE, gas providers and Invest NI she needs to ensure that companies have proper access to energy in order to attract investment.
Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew added:
"The agri-food industry in the North including the dairy product market has fought long and hard to establish itself as world leaders. Dale Farm is a market leader exporting to over 45 countries world wide.
"The proposed investment shows their commitment to the local economy and would not only create but protect existing jobs in the Cookstown area.
"I will be joining my colleagues Francie Molloy and Pat Doherty in raising my concerns that the energy infrastructure needed to attract investment is secured as soon as possible." ENDS/CRÍOCH
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