In her foreword to the journal, Diane Dodds, Economy Minister highlights the importance of the geoscience industry on the Northern Ireland economy. “The industry directly accounts for a total of 34,000 jobs”, she writes, “a GVA of £2.1 billion and 6,150 businesses, with the quarrying and construction minerals sector directly contributing to around 64% of employment in the geoscience industry and 75% of its GVA.
“The Mineral Products Association played a vital role in enabling the Department to gather additional, more extensive data on quarry production and sales throughout Northern Ireland. This valuable data has been used to help local councils ensure their Local Development Plan minerals policies support and contribute to growth in their local areas.”
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