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Coleraine is left out in cold when it comes to jobs

Published 19/06/2015

It strikes me that your reporter was so anxious to prove his point that the west of the province was being discriminated against by Invest NI that he chose to ignore his own quoted figures for the Causeway Coast and Glens district (News, June 16).

The £10m invested here is less than half that invested in the very least favoured of other districts (£21m in Lisburn and the same in Ards). Also, the number of jobs promoted is far less than any other area.

Coleraine, for example, surviving as it does in the shadow of Derry city, has seen its industry all but disappear over recent years.

The local campus of Ulster University remains our biggest employer and even that seems to be under constant threat.

While millions are spent on roads in more prosperous areas, the north coast is still fighting for an upgrading of the ridiculous and dangerous single line of road that for years has hindered investment.

The fact is, when we hear or read of new jobs coming to the province, we know that the majority of them will go to Belfast and what is left to Derry.

HUGH

Portrush, Co Antrim

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