Call for urgent action as hundreds lose their jobs - with warning of "much more" to follow

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Secretary of State Brandon Lewis visited O'Neills last month.

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There's been a call for the government to act immediately to help workers here who've lost their jobs because of the coronavirus crisis.

Iconic sportswear firm O'Neills on Thursday suspended operations in Strabane until at least May, with the temporary lay-off of 750 staff.

It follows major job cuts in hospitality and other industries across Northern Ireland this week.

West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan has told Q Radio Covid-19 is causing huge challenges in every aspect of our society.

He says it's "absolutely vital workers are given adequate financial support to see them through a very difficult time."

Meanwhile, some rare good news on the jobs front has been announced by another local firm....












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