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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta -Thumluy, December 10, 1970 THE IEIIIDRIDGE HFRAIB 37 Foreign firms have second thoughts oil investment Sporadic outbreaks of mob violence in Ulster hurts industrial build-up By CAROL KENNEDY BELFAST (CP) Every lime the stones fly in another of Ulster's sporadic outbreaks of mob violence, the men in charge of (he country's in- dustrial development wonder sadly if a foreign firm may be having second thoughts about investing in Northern Ireland. A senior official of Ite com- merce ministry said there is no evidence any foreign com- pany has actually withdrawn from negotiations as a result of the "troubles" of the last, two years. It's the "might have beens" that worry hi-' that might have moved into Ulster but decided against this we'll never know." But he claimed foreign managements already operat- ing in Ulster have encoun- tered little or no difficulty with their labor force on ac- count of sectarian squabbles. "They make it clear they are not concerned with local politics and arc only inter- ested hi production, and this attitude seems to get across to the workers." PLENTY OF TAKERS The official said several for- eign firms had started up in Northern Ireland within the last year and the govern- ment's system of "advance built "on spec" for new finding plenty of takers. Like Britain, Ulster offers investment grants, froni 45 to BO per cent of the cost of plant depending on location, pas a per capita grant for the work force in areas of high unem- ployment. Some 35 American compa- nies already operate in Uls- ter; the French tire firm of Michelin has a plant in County Antrim, and Rolls- Royce manufactures airplane engines outside Belfast. There are nine West German com- panies and a Canadian scien- tific-equipment firm from Montreal, Canadian Technical Tape Ltd., plans a considera- ble extension of its plant at Bangor, south of Belfast. Three firms from Houston, Tex., are even making oil-well equipment for exporting to oil-producing areas. Still, the spectre of unem- ployment haunts the six. north- ern" counties of Ireland as it has since Ulster's staple in- dustries, linen and shipbuild- ing, began their slow decline. The 1.5 iiimiwi pop- ulation contains jobless men and women and the un- employed percentage of the male work force is nine per cent. GET IN TROUBLE It may be no coincidence that so many of the names listed in court proceedings SINGER'S SPECIAL! BOYS7 T-SHIRTS Long ileeved, allotted styles and colors. OFF Reg. to 6.00 SPECIAL 214 5th St. South Shop the many special Christmas gift values at LEO SINGER'S MEN'S AND BOYS' WEAR WIN WOODSTOCK and "DOORS" LP RECORDS Plus many other priies. En- ter your name at Leo Sing- er's. No obligation. Draw will be made Tues., Dec. 22. Phone 327-3958 after each new outbreak of violence have the word "un- employed" beside them. To compound its problems, Northern Ireland has the high- est birth rate in the British Isles, including the Roman Catholic republic to the south. It also has one of the lowest death rates. Emigration, of which the biggest slice goes traditionally to Canada, runs around to a year and there has been a rise in applications since the "trou- bles" began in 1968. In a bid to ease the unem- ployment problem, the Ulster government has inaugurated an apprentice-training scheme to equip school-leavers with skills and feed them where possible into jobs. Like Scot- land, Ulster has a long tradi- tion of producing fine engi- neers, many of whom emi- grate to greener pastures. Much of the cost of Stor- mont's new training scheme is underwritten by the central government at Westminster, or as one Ulster official rather quaintly phrased it, "Hie imperial treasury." Ulstermeii are naturally sensitive on the subject of London's stake in their econ- omy and dislike hearing it re- ferred to as a subsidy. The figure is hard to pin down be- cause Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom, but it has been var- iously quoted at anything be- tween million and million a year. LINEN DECLINES II1 s t e r 's basic industries have been unlucky in ths march of modern technology. The fine-iinen trade has shrunk severely under the im- pact of man-made fibres, though these too are being manufactured by an Ameri- can firm in Londonderry. The linen barons' stately mansions in the hills, around Belfast have mostly become hotels and the blue flax fields that once were a feature of the countryside have disap- peared, with the flax now being imported from northern Europe. Shipbuilding has slumped with the rise in air travel over the last 15 years. The P. and 0. line's Canberra was the last big passenger liner to come out of Harland and Wolff, the yaid that built the Titanic and Olympic and dozens of other Atlantic giants. Now the yard, which has BEAUTY Reaching out, seemingly, to take over her domain is 22-year-old Jenni- fer Hasten or Grenada. The West Indies beauty recently was chosen "Miss World." been losing money heavily during the last couple of years, builds mostly tankers and bulk a number for its chief share- holder, Greek ship owner Ar- istotle Onassis. One of the firm's last links with the Titanic, the steel gantry under which the ill- fated White Star liner was constructed in 1911, is only now being dismantled and sold for scrap. The last vessel to be built on its narrow for bulk a Koyal Navy frigate in 1968. EXISTENCE VITAL Harland and Wolff, whose former chairman Sir John Mallabar resigned in April saying expensive moderniza- tion was no good without a work force willing to make the best use of it, has been plagued by labor troubles until recent months. It now is awaiting a deci- sion by Britain's shipbuilding industry board on its financial future, and has also dropped hints about negotiations with potential outside backers. Its continued existence vital to the Northern Ireland econ- omy. The yard, with 10.000 work- ers, the world's biggest build- ing dock and a giant yellow crane that dominates the Bel- fast waterfront, has a highly qualified new chairman in Jo- seph R. Edwards, an engineer who is thoroughly at home hi the production shops, unlike accountant Mallabar. The shipbuilding industry board, an advisory body of in- dustrialists with power to grant financial timately responsible to the British certain conditions which Har- land and Wolff put into effect. These included a complete re- organization of management and discussions with custom- ers to renegotiate prices quoted for ships on order. PARFUMS DE RAUCH PARIS The newest perfume from France... engagingly feminine... heady and ly romantic. An excellent gift for Christmas! Presentation of Perfumi and Eau De Toilette in one gift set Price COSMOTIQUE DOWNTOWN 305 6th ST. S. HWBRIDOB SENSATIONAL bnfl EVERY PRICE REDUCED SAYINGS UP TO DADS... RECLINERS MODEL No- 199 Reg. 109.95 PRE-CHRISTMAS PRICE Model No. 100 Reg. 129.95 PRE-CHRISTMAS PRICE MODEL No. 140 COLONIAL RECUNER S? MODEL No. 132 VIBRATOR RECUNER ffif MODEL No. 332 JUMBO RECUNER MOMS LOUIS D'OR OF FRANCE PERFUME Reg. Y2 FI. 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