‘SDLP Conference to focus on economic renewal’ – O’Hanlon

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
SDLP Council Group Leader Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon has said the SDLP’s Economic Conference in Armagh on Thursday will be an excellent opportunity for local people and businesses to get information on potential areas for economic growth across our island. O’Hanlon was speaking ahead of the SDLP Economic Conference ‘Job Creation and the Island Economy’ which will take place in the Armagh City Hotel on Thursday. Speaking to Newry Times, he said: “Addressing jobs and the economy is a top priority for the SDLP and I am delighted that we have secured the participation of major players in the economic sphere on the island for this conference in Armagh. The main themes of this event will include Recovery and Renewal, Island Growth Clusters, North-South and Tourism and Construction.” “We believe that this will be an exciting conference highlighting, even in the midst of a recession, areas where we can work to stimulate job creation and economic growth to provide some sense of hope for future generations in Armagh and across our island. This is a follow on from the meeting which Newry and Armagh representatives had with Jobs Minister Arlene Foster last week and will be a great platform for local people and businesses to express their concerns to and get feedback from politicians, economists, Invest NI and academics.” He continued, “Far too many of our brightest and best young people are being left with no other option but to emigrate and it is vital that we do all we can to give them some hope and better opportunities to entice them to stay here.” “It is vital that governments North and South work with the private sector to kick-start our economy again by supporting enterprise in growth markets, helping existing profitable small businesses and by improving cross-border co-operation,” O’Hanlon added.
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