TV star Nesbitt praises Ballymena job rally aims

James Nesbitt when he was hosting a TV series on Ireland last year.

James Nesbitt when he was hosting a TV series on Ireland last year.

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Screen star James Nesbitt has joined fellow actor Liam Neeson in backing calls for investment and jobs in Ballymena

Nesbitt, originally from Ballymena, sent the following message in support of the Rally For A Future campaign:

“I share the pain of the loss of so many jobs following the announced closure of the JTI-Gallaher and Michelin factories in Ballymena. While my career has taken me far from home, I’ve always had a great affection for the town and its people. The loss of these well-paying and stable jobs not only threatens those affected directly and their families, but will have a devastating impact on the wider economy and community.

“We must seize this moment to show Ballymena and Northern Ireland’s ambition to be a highly sought after centre for international business.

“We have highly-skilled and dedicated workers, great infrastructure, and the heart to make it happen. We just need to Unite together as workers, community members, elected officials and business leaders, to show the world that we can build a better future.”

The Rally For A Future will be held at Ballymena on 12pm, Saturday February 6.