'Dark day' as Hotel Carlton closes with 25 job losses
Sarah Saunderson • Published 8 Jan 2013 10:53
MLA Phil Flanagan has described the closure of Hotel Carlton as a "dark day" for the village of Belleek.
A Sinn Féin MLA and former employee has expressed his disappointment at the closure of the Hotel Carlton, Belleek and the loss of around 25 jobs.
Speaking this morning, Mr Flanagan said: "I am deeply disappointed to learn of the decision to close the Hotel Carlton after the administrators, who have been on site for six months, found themselves unable to secure a buyer for the business.
"As a former employee of the hotel, I know how important the facility is to the growth of the local economy, in providing much needed employment as well as a service to the local community and its many visitors.
"This is a dark day for Belleek and its surrounding areas, but it is one that we have been fearing for some time.
"The Hotel Carlton is a fantastic facility in a great location. It is a crying shame that a buyer has not been found to date.
"I will be putting pressure on the Ulster Bank, as the hotel owner, to consider putting the business up for public auction as soon as possible to increase the chances of finding a buyer.
"Leaving the hotel closed in the long term is not a viable option and will only serve to reduce the value of the business and further damage the struggling rural economy in the area.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 08 Jan 13