Neeson – Executive Must Promote Northern Ireland After Michelin Closure News

November 5, 2015

The support of Hollywood actor Liam Neeson for the staff at the Michelin plant in Ballymena who have just been told about the site’s closure has come at a vital time insists the MP for the area Ian Paisley.
Neeson, himself from Ballymena, offered his sympathies to the hundreds affected and has urged the Northern Ireland Executive to use this devastating news as a springboard to get to work and make the prospect of the job losses as easy to bear as possible for the 860 staff set to lose their jobs by 2018.
Mr Paisley commented “Having this morning secured a debate in the House of Commons about the closure (scheduled for Tuesday 17th), the support of influential figures such as Liam will go a long way to keeping this awful news in the public eye.
In an interview with the Sun newspaper, the 63 year old ‘Taken’ star said “I know the Michelin bosses will do all they can to facilitate the workforce in this their hour of need and compensate them accordingly.”
Mr Paisley added “The closure and loss of 860 jobs in Northern Ireland is the equivalent of 25,000 jobs being lost in England, a catastrophic figure that the government must recognise in its devastating capacity.”
Mr Neeson concluded “All the more reason for the Executive in Northern Ireland to really get to work now and promote the province.

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