A DUP Assemblyman has faced a backlash for welcoming the permanent closure of a well-known nightclub.
Jim Wells caused controversy on Thursday with a comment on Facebook about Coach Nightclub in Banbridge folding.
"Many local residents will be relieved to learn of the permanent closure of The Coach nightclub in Banbridge," said Mr Wells, who no longer holds the DUP whip.
Hundreds responded to the post, with many expressing outrage at what they viewed as a lack of sympathy for those who have lost their livelihoods.
Banbridge resident Cheryl Woods' partner Sean Fay, both aged 43, had worked at The Coach for 20 years.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, she labelled Mr Wells' remarks "callous" and "hurtful" as her partner is now out of work.
She acknowledged that the nightclub, like many others, had attracted anti-social behaviour and issues with drugs in the past, but said this had been properly addressed in recent years.
"The staff are devastated. Sean's been on furlough since March and it's only today that it's been made final," she said.
"Some of the greatest memories of my youth were at The Coach.
"I met some of my best friends there.
"It's not the case that the residents are pleased to see it go as Mr Wells says. The club isn't actually in the middle of a residential area.
"It does back on to a row of terraced houses but there's another popular bar there as well.
"The people who come out of The Coach go up the street, they don't go towards the residential areas."
She added: "It is an end of an era for an awful lot of people. Well over 30 people work in the nightclub and I don't think he should be so callously minded."
Mr Wells told the Belfast Telegraph he made the comments as a resident of Banbridge, and not as a political representative.
He denied that he welcomed any job losses, but said that Banbridge was too small to accommodate a large nightclub in a residential area.
"The problem was that after the dancing and socialising in the club, very large numbers of young people spilled out into the town, often under the influence of alcohol," he said.
The consequence of those jobs is making life a misery for the people who live nearby, that's the problem. You could make the same argument about a casinoJim Wells
"That simply made life miserable for residents, young people walking home or towards buses. Some of the behaviour was, frankly, anti-social.
"What I did notice in the reaction to my comments today were people contacting me from Newcastle, Castlewellan, Newry and Lurgan, saying how horrible I was to welcome the closure of The Coach, but it was interesting that none of them lived within 15 miles of it."
Mr Wells denied he was celebrating the loss of jobs.
"The consequence of those jobs is making life a misery for the people who live nearby, that's the problem. You could make the same argument about a casino," he added.
"It would bring lots of jobs to a town or city in Northern Ireland, but at what cost to the local area?"
Others criticising Mr Wells' post included restaurant owner Michael Deane, who said: "The Coach was a great venue for music lovers."
Another woman said: "So you're happy about closing businesses and job losses and economic loss to other traders in Banbridge.
"Not a very empathetic statement."
But one man said: "Many local residents will be relieved to see The Coach closed.
"Where did he say he was glad or where did he say he was glad to see staff unemployed? Read it carefully."