A decision in the High Court on Friday last has dealt a hammer blow to the small community of Creeslough as the judge appointed an interim liquidator to the two businesses owned by the Lafferty family.
After negotiations in the High Court it has been decided that the Vivo service station will be saved and can continue to trade.
However, it now seems that 29 people will lose their jobs as a result of last Friday’s decision by Justice Peter Kelly to close the village supermarket and Corncutters Rest pub.
Danny Lafferty had received huge local support in an attempt to save the jobs and mounted a campaign, ‘Save our Village’. However, he was unable to find an investor for the business.
The case is back before the High Court in mid-June.
Speaking last night, MEP Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher said he’s still hopeful the business could be sold as a going concern and the jobs saved.
“I am heartened that the court has allowed the Vivo Shop and filling station to continue trading. I understand that it will be back before the court later this month,” he said.
“Thirty jobs lost in Creeslough is the equivalent of 300 lost in a larger urban centre. It could be a killer blow. I would call on all parties to make every effort to secure these essential jobs.”