Murphy visits local businesses in Strabane

Date published: 24 August 2021


Finance Minister Conor Murphy visited a number of businesses in the Strabane area this week to see first-hand how they have benefitted from the financial support offered by the Department during Covid-19 as well as their future plans.

Finance Minister Conor Murphy with mother and children
Finance Minister Conor Murphy with Patricia Conway, Owner of Playstations Adventure Play and daughter Michaela (6) and 1 year old twins Padraig & Caitlin

Businesses in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area have benefitted from more than £74m of financial support through various grant schemes and rates holidays and Minister Murphy was keen to meet with some of those who received the support to find out more about how it has helped them.

Speaking after the visits to Play Stations Adventure Play, the Fir Trees Hotel, and McColgan’s Quality Foods, he said: “Over the course of the pandemic, my Department has worked extremely hard to support as many businesses as possible and it is so encouraging to get the opportunity to visit some of them to hear directly from them how our range of grant schemes and the rates holiday have been such a lifeline.

“It was also great to get the chance to have positive conversations with these businesses owners about the future. We talked about a range of issues including the need for investment and the importance of regeneration and it was clear to me that there is a drive and determination to work towards a bright future, not only for their own businesses, but also for the Strabane area.”

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