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Job creation must be highest priority – Duncan

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Following a demonstration today in Ballymena which called for urgent investment in the area, SDLP North Antrim Assembly Candidate Connor Duncan has said that local job creation is his highest priority.

Connor Duncan said:

“Over the last year we have seen blow after blow rain upon Ballymena. The loss of jobs has caused great hurt and anxiety to families in the area but it has also damaged the whole local economy. People are making very difficult decisions about their future with an enormous amount of pressure and uncertainty over their heads. The strength of the turnout at today’s demonstration shows that job creation must be the highest priority for all local politicians.”

The demonstration which drew support from Liam Neeson among others, heard that the rally was only the start of the campaign.

Connor Duncan said:

“As those of us at the rally today heard, this is only the start of the journey. It is beyond time that Invest NI, local politicians and all other relevant bodies drew up a multi agency strategy to ensure that Ballymena and North Antrim gets their fair share of investment. We need jobs and it is not good enough for Ballymena to be simply relegated to a satellite town for Belfast. However sadly we have seen inaction from our local MLAs and a lack of delivery from the two First Ministers. My generation needs to know that there is a future in our home and that we can shape a Ballymena and a Northern Ireland that we can all be proud of.”

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