80 jobs at Lisahally SSA safe for medium to long term future

Mark Durkan
Mark Durkan

Foyle SDLP MP Mark Durkan has welcomed confirmation from the Chief Executive of the Social Security Agency (SSA), Tommy O’Reilly, that 80 jobs at the Lisahally Processing Unit on the outskirts of Londonderry have been secured for the medium to long-term future.

Mr Durkan said: “I welcome confirmation from the Chief Executive of the Social Security Agency that 80 jobs have now been secured.”

He said he has had a number of meetings with senior officials and Ministers to discuss the matter over recent months.

“I met Tommy O’Reilly last December following fears that up to 30 jobs could be lost at the processing unit – and also lobbied DSD Minister Mervyn Storey and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Minister Mark Harper in order to protect jobs at Lisahally.

“I also requested renewed commitments in respect of other work for DWP carried out by staff at the processing unit.”

Mr Durkan said he will be continuing to push for the decentralisation of more jobs to the North West.

He stated: “I will continue my lobbying efforts in order to identify further opportunities to locate work in the North West which will contribute to the long-term future of Lisahally – and fight for staff whose quality of work and productivity performance has always been consistently high.”