19 January 2018
A DUP delegation today met with representatives from the Department for Communities to discuss the impact of the collapse of the construction and outsourcing company Carillion. The delegation comprised of MLAs Edwin Poots, William Humphrey and Paul Givan who were also joined by Belfast City Councillor Frank McCoubrey.
Speaking after the meeting the Lagan Valley MLA Edwin Poots said, “This was a very useful meeting to discuss the concerns of both staff who have worked for the company and those who rely on the services provided by Carillion locally.
It is notable that the Carillion operations in Northern Ireland are separate to the main parent company. It firm which operates here is Carillion Energy Services and that company is not in liquidation at this stage. It is important to explore how this company can be treated as a separate entity.
We will be seeking a further meeting with PWC who are handling the liquidation process to see how this may be best taken forward. It is our understanding that Carillion Energy Services has distinct directors from the parent company so it may provide an opportunity to insulate Northern Ireland from the worst impact of the collapse.”