Roofe says it is a sad day for Enniskillen following BT news

Alliance Enniskillen Councillor Eddie Roofe has said it is a sad day for the town after BT announced it would close its contact centre there later this year.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone Eddie Roofe

The company said it would make the move, at the cost of 300 jobs, in October. Councillor Roofe said helping those impacted was the priority.

“This is a sad day for Enniskillen and my first thoughts are with all the staff at the centre, who did not deserve this outcome after their long and distinguished service, as well as their recent fight for jobs,” he said.

“I had hoped BT would come to its senses but unfortunately it became clear from early on even with potential financial incentives, as a company it had made up its mind in terms of their local presence.

“The priority now is helping to support and where possible, find new employment for the 300 workers who will be affected by today’s news. I will work alongside my Alliance colleagues at the Assembly to push for the Department for the Economy, Department of Finance and Invest NI to find alternatives for local people as soon possible.”