SDLP vision for economy will benefit south Armagh

April 19, 2011

SDLP Assembly candidate Dominic Bradley has welcomed his Party’s latest economy paper which has identified the potential to create thousands of jobs in a schools building scheme and urgently needed regional roads maintenance as a great opportunity for south Armagh .

In its document “Creating Jobs, Building Prosperity”, the latest in a series of Party economic papers, the SDLP has set out a short, medium and long term vision for the economy.  At its heart is identifying new ways of funding which can help create thousands of jobs, particularly in the construction industry.

Speaking at the launch of the economic paper, Mr Bradley said: “This economic strategy is good news for the Newry and Armagh constituency, and will be particularly beneficial for the South Armagh area where residents are daily reminded of the poor conditions of its roads and could benefit greatly by an investment in its schools estate.

“Last year parents, teachers and pupils across Newry and Armagh were left disappointed after plans for new schools were shelved by the Department of Education. The SDLP has continued to put forward the arguments for a new build for several schools in this constituency, including St Joseph’s High School in Crossmaglen.”

Mr Bradley says new sources of finance to build many of those schools and so aid the construction industry and provide improved facilities for future generations have been identified.

“The Party has also set out a roads investment plan to deal with our decaying roads, with every pothole a constant reminder of inept roads administration and investment.  No where is this problem more apparent than in south Armagh where the Newry to Crossmaglen Road that is verging on hazardous,” he said.

“The SDLP are streets ahead of any other party in the North in terms of our economic policies. We are putting forward ideas to create thousands of jobs. They are not all our ideas and we don’t have exclusive rights on any of them, because we have consulted widely and asked economists and other experts to test-drive them and check our figures,” he added.