“there’s only so much you can do, isn’t there?”

Two other Visteon car component factories are also to close in Basildon and Enfield in England, with 565 out 600 jobs lost, but the workers at the west Belfast factory are staging a sit-in protest after the US-based parent company announced that Visteon UK Ltd was entering into administration. And from the BBC report

West Belfast MP Gerry Adams expressed his “deep disappointment”. “Sinn Féin has been liaising closely with the management of Visteon and with the local workforce. “Our goal throughout has been to retain much needed local employment and defend the rights of the Visteon workers,” he said. “Ford are directly implicated in the future of the Belfast plant, as its sole customer and former owner. If the local workforce is to be told that the plant no longer has a future, Sinn Féin will insist that the management of Ford explain this fate.”

I’d suggest Ford being the “sole customer” and the state of the car industry globally explains the fate of the factory. [Where’s Squinter? – Ed] Indeed.On Stormont Live today Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann gave her reaction.