New figures on job creation by Invest NI are 'shocking' says SDLP's Rory Farrell

Tue, 17/11/2020 - 12:36 -- Editor

Councillor Rory Farrell has criticised some new figures that highlight regional inequality in the North West. Recently released statistics show that, since January, Invest NI has announced 1,176 jobs in Belfast compared to only 29 in Derry. The Ballyarnett representative commented: “These are shocking figures. Urgent action is required from Invest NI and the Economy Minister, Diane Dodds, to increase support for the North West and to promote the region. “We need to see a detailed plan to boost economic performance, attract investors and create wealth and employment. “That plan must include targets for job creation, reducing economic inactivity, increasing wage levels and foreign investor visits. And it must be backed up with an appropriate funding package.” Councillor Farrell concluded “We also need to see decisive action from Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill on Magee expansion plans. Universities create opportunity and we will never have a level playing field when Belfast has 40,000 students and Derry only has 4,000.”