250 of the threatened 650 jobs based at MBNA in Carrick-on-Shannon have been saved. The good news for employees, many of them based in County Roscommon, follows the announcement that Bank of America Europe Card Services has sold its credit card operation serving the Irish market in Carrick-on-Shannon to Apollo.
Minister Richard Bruton welcomed the news. He also welcomed the news that the UK operations served by the Carrick facility, which employs the remaining 400 people, are continuing as a going concern, as part of the UK business. Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, Frank Feighan, also expressed his delight that MBNA jobs in Carrick-on-Shannon are to be secured following the acquisition by a leading global investment firm.
Deputy Feighan said: “This is wonderful news for the region. Apollo has confirmed the 200,000 consumer accounts with a balance of more than €650m will continue to be managed by 250 staff in Carrick. This is extremely positive news for the long-term future of the plant.” Attention will now turn to saving the remaining jobs.
Issue dated: 23 March 2012