MLAs in battle to keep 300 DVA jobs in the North West

North West MLAs have united in the fight to keep 300 Department of Vehicle and Licensing Agency jobs in east Derry which are under threat of being moved to Swansea.

Speaking after a public meeting about the issue, MLAs from Sinn Fein, the SDLP and the DUP spoke of their support for the campaign.

SDLP MLA John Dallat has pledged the party’s continuing support for the beleaguered DVA workers in Coleraine.

Mr. Dallat said the public meeting sent a strong message to the British government that the proposals to move the jobs are “seriously flawed, riddled with inaccuracies and somewhat partisan”.

“The matter transcends all political differences and takes precedence over many of the political campaigns that elected representatives are involved in,” said MLA Dallat.

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín said the closure of the Coleraine DVLA office would have a severe economic impact on Coleraine and the North West.

“This would be a massive blow to the entire Coleraine area, as well as seeing job losses in other offices across the North, so it is crucial that these jobs remain here,” said MLA Ó hOisín.

“I would appeal to people to have their voice heard through the consultation or lobby in order to maintain these jobs in the North as we clearly have a different system to that in Britain, especially given the fact that many licences are now requested through the medium of Irish.”

DUP MLA George Robinson also pledged his support.

“I have promised my continuing support for the staff and will do what I can ensure the battle is ultimately successful,” said Mr. Robinson.