If Inishowen people want to keep businesses open, halt emigration, and get the local economy back up and running they should ‘shop local’.
Yesterday two Buncrana councillors said it was vital that this message got out to the public in the run up to Christmas.
Town mayor, Peter McLaughlin told the Journal: “It’s been said so often I think sometimes people don’t realise how important it is to shop local.
“It can’t be stressed enough that local businesses need local support to surive.
“It’s been a tough few years for the entire business community and while things are starting to pick up a bit it a good run in the next few weeks could be the difference for many local shops and business.
He added that there was ‘this myth’ that everything in Derry was cheaper but this wasn’t so.
“By the time you pay your fuel, change your euro into sterling, buy yourself something to eat and the rest you’ll probably find you have spent far more than you intended.
“And there are real bargains here. Prices have come down quite a bit in recent times.”
Sinn Fein’s Ciaran McLaughlin urged local people to support their own community.
He said: “I would like to ask everyone where possible to shop local this Christmas. Support local shops,restaurants, pubs and in doing so help secure jobs
“The more money spent in Buncrana and local towns in Inishowen, the more jobs we can keep and create.”
He went on: “Businesses pay rates. That pays for local amenities such as roads, footpaths, the library and our green areas and parks and i would urge the public to support our local businesses this christmas in our local towns and villages in inishowen.
Colr McLaughlin said small businesses have been badly squeezed and are struggling to keep their doors open, let’s also be conscious and where possible choose local, regional and irish produce and goods which we are lucky to have in abundance.
Cllr Mc Laughlin concluded : I know times are tough and money is scarce for many families, let’s support our local businesses,and as the money is spent locally that can only be good for the local economy.