Following reports on Thursday there was "concern" that the future of BT in Enniskillen could be at risk local MLAs have called on the company to do all they can to halt any potential closure. 

The closure of the site, which has been a hub of employment since its opening, would result in hundreds of people losing their jobs, and create more financial insecurity in an already precarious economic landscape.

In response, Fermanagh and South Tyrone DUP MLA Deborah Erskine has called on BT Executives to halt any potential closure of their Enniskillen site.

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Mrs. Erskine said: “The announcement to staff today that the BT Group are consolidating their sites into smaller buildings and potentially closing the Enniskillen site will come as a huge shock and hammer blow to the local economy of Enniskillen.

She stated that she was, “disappointed” at BT’s consideration of this move, especially for Enniskillen’s, “highly skilled workforce,” and that her “thoughts are with the staff” who are likely to be “troubled” by the news.

She added that whilst the BT Group have said “no final decision has been made” she would be “working hard” to protect the jobs of her constituents.

Mrs. Erskine also revealed that she has, “requested an early meeting with BT” and would be asking the Economy Minister, Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy, to “urgently give attention” to the matter.

The Sinn Féin MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Jemma Dolan, has also responded to the news.

Miss Dolan says that every effort must be made to save Enniskillen BT jobs, and that the news of the possibility of over 300 job losses in Enniskillen is “devastating news for workers and their families".

She added that she has also requested an urgent meeting with BT and she will be “urging them to make effort to save the jobs of hundreds of workers and retain this site.”