26/02/2016

MJM Hope For 'At Least' 1,000 New Jobs With Shackleton Development

The MJM Group has said that is hopes to create "at least" 1,000 jobs when its redevelopment of the Shackleton Barracks site in Co L'Derry is complete.

It was announced today that the group has agreed a deal with the Northern Ireland Executive to buy the site, which is plans to develop for new business ventures.

Initially MJM believe they will create 100 jobs at the site, but have said they plan to expand that with further development.

Commenting on the new venture, Jarlath Quinn the Group Chief Executive, said: "We are delighted to have been the successful bidder to purchase this 600 acre former military site in Ballykelly.

"We will endeavour to develop the site by establishing a number of new business ventures on the site such as a facility to refurbish and fit our private jets as well as having a specialist fabrication business on the Shackelton site and therefore creating significant employment in the local area.

"Other business ventures under serious consideration by us are the creation of one of the largest solar panel plants in Europe with the development of a 60MW Solar Farm at a cost of £60million.

"In addition MJM Group could also continue to facilitate the use of the site by film crews and would accommodate other business proposals from interested parties to help further develop the site to help achieve its full potential."

Brian McConville, the Group Chairman, added: "We believe our proposal clearly stated our initial plan was to create a 100 jobs on site however it is my vision that at Ballykelly there will be at least 1,000 jobs on this site once it is fully developed as the opportunities that it will present are enormous. Our proposal also demonstrates significant benefits that will be attractive to the local community as a result of the MJM proposal to develop the site over the next number of years and also highlights the environmental benefits which arise as a result of this proposal. This is indeed a very historic day for MJM and our management team."

(MH)

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