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Villa Gaiety jobs safe for now - Skelly

Workers' rights a priority, insists minister

The economic development minister is telling staff at the Villa Gaiety complex their rights will be protected in the event of a takeover.

Laurence Skelly made the comments in light of proposals to instigate a tender process for the running of the government-owned venue.

He says three UK-based parties have shown interest so far - but a local bid would be welcomed when the process begins later this year.

For now, though, he's giving assurances to workers:

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