MLAS debate economic development in Down District


Sinn Fein's Chris Hazzard brought the adjournment debate on the subject of the lack of economic development in Down District, on 25 June 2013.

Mr Hazzard said 4,000 cars left the district "each and every day" for work in Belfast.

He called for the relocation of public sector jobs to Downpatrick, the district's biggest town.

Other MLAs, including the SDLP's Sean Rogers and Karen McKevitt, Ulster Unionist Jo-Anne Dobson, Sinn Fein's Caitriona Ruane, John McCallister of NI21, and the DUP's Jim Wells and Simon Hamilton also took part.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the location decisions for foreign direct investment were a matter for individual companies.

She said it was vitally important that all of the stakeholders worked together on the "story" of Down District Council area.

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