West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Welcome for proposals to locate Public Sector Jobs in Omagh

Published: 7 November, 2011

Sinn Féin has welcomed proposals to develop on the former site of the PSNI site in Omagh. The proposals brought forward could see the location 150 public sector jobs on the site. The local council have agreed to send a cross party delegation to meet with planning service regarding the application and have broadly welcomed the prospect of public service jobs to the area. Local councillor and current chairperson of Omagh District Council Frankie Donnelly said

"This will be a good news story for Omagh. It is my understanding that the development includes proposals for the development of office space and accommodation. It will help locate 150 public sector jobs in Omagh at a time when the town has been severely hit with the economic downturn. Additionally it is a great opportunity to showcase Omagh as the potential location of other public bodies and organisations. We as a party are committed to the decentralisation of jobs and if this goes ahead the proposal ensures such a decentralisation.

"We in the council have agreed that a cross party delegation will meet with the planners to ensure the application gets all the essential support needed to make these proposals a reality and ensure that Omagh benefits from such a boost that these jobs will bring.

Councillor Sean Begley, who alongside the local MP Pat Doherty recently met Planning Service about the proposals said:

"There a number of issues to be resolved regarding the proposals but we are confident that these can be worked out between the various stakeholders involved. This proposal should it come to fruition will serve to enhance Omaghs position as a regional hub in the north of Ireland.