Invest NI board meets in Larne

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the Larne Times has learned that Invest NI changed plans for its monthly board meeting to allow urgent discussions on the FG Wilson crisis to begin.

Chief executive of Invest NI, Alastair Hamilton, told the Larne Times that the venue of the meeting due to be held on Wednesday was re-arranged so it could take place in Larne.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Mr Hamilton, said: “We regularly hold our monthly board meetings in different locations throughout Northern Ireland to discuss issues of local interest with stakeholders.

“Following last week’s devastating news from Caterpillar, the Board felt it important to move this month’s meeting to Larne and to meet with local stakeholders including politicians, Councils and the Local Enterprise Agencies at the earliest opportunity to listen to their concerns. We will also be including representatives from the Department for Employment & Learning and other relevant agencies who may be able to offer assistance to those affected.

“While there is no quick fix or easy solution to the difficulties which last week’s announcement will have on the employees, their families and the local communities, we are keen to begin a process of meaningful dialogue to discuss how, collectively, we can work to minimize the impact.

“We are grateful to Larne Enterprise Development Co Ltd (LEDCOM) for their offer to host this discussion forum and for helping to put in place the necessary arrangements at such short notice.”