Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 6

Memorandum submitted by Councillor Fergus McQuillan, Fermanagh District Council

  I write in addition to the submission from the Chief Executive of Fermanagh District Council of 18 October 2001. His remit is for Fermanagh as a whole while mine is for Erne East where quarrying is the most important sector of our economy and the outlet for aggregate and the consequent manufacture of blocks, kerbstones, and the tarmac maintain a large workforce.

  No major or minor roadworks have been undertaken in Erne East in the past 10 years and none are in the pipeline for the next 10 years.


Number employed in quarrying
Erne East:
     Erne West (in close proximity):

Clarkes
123
     McCafferty's
84
Mittens
40
     Quinn's
250
Acheson & Glover
97

260
334


  The above firms are well established indigenous firms with a good record as employers. Quarries are well managed and do not impinge on local tourist attractions. Much of the product from these quarrying operations is exported to the Republic of Ireland bringing in much needed revenue to the Northern Ireland economy.

  It is reasonable to assume that half of those employed by the firms based in Erne West reside in Erne East, an unemployment blackspot exasperated by recent job losses.


Recent Job Losses on Erne East

Adria
70
Fermanagh Creameries
78
Coates Viyella
230

378


  The industrial base in Erne East has contracted to such an extent that now only one factory exists in a 150 mile area.

  We cannot afford to lose these jobs and we fear that the imposition of aggregate tax will do just that.

25 October 2001


 
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