Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone is to meet the DRD Minister this afternoon to discuss the loss of jobs at Dungiven firm KPL and the subsequent impact on public utility work, including opportunities for sub contractors ready and able to take it on.
Mr McGlone, who is chairman of the Assembly’s DETI committee, will meet Danny Kennedy along with party colleagues East Derry MLA, John Dallat and DETI committee member, MLA Fearghal McKinney.
Mr McGlone said: “The knock-on effect of the 202 redundancies on sub contractors is enormous as many would have employed teams of workers dependent on work from KPL.
“By meeting with the minister today we should be able to gauge if any of the utility work carried out by KPL falls within his department’s remit, for example street lighting and water service.
“If it is the case, the minister must consider making that work available to sub contractors; in particular those who have been affected by what’s happened with KPL, and who have the skills needed to carry out that work at the ready.
“While the jobs at KPL are sadly gone the skilled workers who have lost their jobs, and livelihoods, remain.”