The Crossmaglen and South Armagh Chamber of Commerce

December 16, 2013

A meeting was held last Monday arranged in conjunction with NMRC and the Colourful past, confident future steer group in Crossmaglen. Representatives from a number of funding agencies attended the meeting in relation to inward investment and the local economy. Issues such as making the town of Crossmaglen a WIFI zone was discussed as well as issues such as business incubation centres and incentives for new business starts in the South Armagh region. Colm Murphy, Crossmaglen & South Armagh Chamber stated that ‘In order for new business to be viable and competitive in today’s market fast speed broadband is one of the most important aspects, as a business community we can’t compromise on this issue!’

The Crossmaglen & SA Chamber condemn the recent digital media broadcast of the recent security alert on the outskirts of Crossmaglen. Many businesses complained about articles on a Newry based ‘digital news page’ who reported on the story with the depiction of the ‘old’ Crossmaglen including photos of the Sanger over looking the main Square. These picture were very defamatory and were certainly not a representation of progressive times in Crossmaglen. Although attempts to post on these pages/comments were made by local Crossmaglen businesses there was a distinct lack of response by the page management and on one instance the complaints in reference to such issues were deleted. We cannot tolerate this and must relate our concerns on this as a body representing the business community in South Armagh, irrespective of the news story.  Crossmaglen & South Armagh is most certainly open for business and we look forward to a bright economic future in 2014 and wish all the community a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and ask for your continued support for local business in 2014.

Colm Murphy.