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Minister Mark H Durkan in bid to stop relocation of 300 jobs from Coleraine to Swansea

BY NOEL MCADAM

A Stormont minister is set for a showdown with his UK counterpart over plans to shift 300 Driver and Vehicle Agency jobs from Coleraine to Swansea in Wales.

Ahead of the meeting with the Transport Secretary Stephen Hammond in London next week, Mark H Durkan said he would be branding the plans unfair and unrealistic.

"I will point out the disproportionate impact that the loss of over 300 jobs would have on the Northern Ireland economy, particularly on Coleraine," the SDLP Environment Minister said.

"I will also challenge Mr Hammond to justify any cuts to jobs in Northern Ireland in the context of his Government's commitments to help in the stimulation and development of the economy here as we seek to move out of a recession that has been more acute and sustained than in other parts of the UK."

Mr Durkan also added: "It is unrealistic, especially given lower rates of uptake of online services here, to switch instantly to new delivery channels."

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