A joint-cross-party statement has been issued by the main political parties in Fermanagh and South Tyrone “supporting the retention locally of the various businesses which make up the former Quinn Group of companies” and stressing that the future of “the businesses under a locally-based common management structure should be fully explored as a matter of priority”.
The statement was issued following discussions between representatives of all the main political parties in Fermanagh and South Tyrone and the QBRC Consortium.
“There is cross-party agreement that the retention locally of the various businesses which make up the former Quinn Group of companies is of the most strategic importance to the economic, social and political well-being of Fermanagh and its surrounding regions. The ongoing incidents of sabotage and intimidation run counter to the interests of this community and all the representatives are at one with the QBRC Consortium in unanimous and utter condemnation of this activity,” noted the joint-cross-party statement issued following the meeting.
“While not favouring any specific proposal or organisation there is agreement that any initiative which proposes to retain the businesses under a locally-based common management structure should be fully explored as a matter of priority. There is a desire that this be done in advance of any piecemeal disposal of the constituent parts of the former Quinn Group. The representatives are of a common view that keeping the former Quinn Group of companies together would represent the best outcome for the local workforce and the best opportunity for future investment in the businesses locally.
“In light of this we jointly call on the Board of Directors of Aventas Holding Ltd to pause any plans to sell off or break up any part of the Group.”
One of the directors behind the QBRC Consortium bid, Cllr McCartin said “I welcome the statement and take great encouragement from the overwhelming support we have received from community groups, the political establishment, business groups, unions and the Quinn Group staff and employees.
“We have made significant progress on formulating a bid for the former Quinn manufacturing businesses. We hope that a formal offer can be made for the group in a matter of weeks,” he stressed
He adding it was imperative that Aventas postpone any piecemeal disposal of assets until this offer has been finalised.