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Liam Neeson offers 'full support' to Michelin workers after 'tragic' jobs loss announcement

Liam: 'Get to work and promote the province'

By Claire Williamson

Liam Neeson has offered his "full support" to the 860 Michelin workers who this week learned the devastating news that they are to lose their jobs in his native Ballymena.

Speaking to the Sun the Ballymena born Taken star described the situation as "tragic".

Michelin is to shut down the Raceview Road factory by 2018, leading to 860 job losses in the town. The gradual wind-down and job losses will begin next year.

The north Antrim native who is now a global superstar called for Northern Ireland's Executive to "get to work".

He said: "I've just learnt of the 860 job losses in my home town. It's tragic and the fallout will be felt throughout the whole community.

"I know that the Michelin bosses will do all they can to facilitate the workforce in this their hour of need and compensate them accordingly.

"I am a great believer in the character and work ethic of my people in the North.

"And I've always maintained that our wee corner of the globe is one of the world's best kept secrets, not least in its potential for development in all areas of industry.

"All the more reason for the Executive and Invest Northern Ireland to really get to work now and promote the hell out of the province.

"They have and always will have my full support."

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