Cllr. Liam Callaghan has said the news that the ECMI cigar manufacturing company in Ballaghaderreen is set to close later this year has come as a major shock to the town and the 38 employees of the company (see page 10).
Cllr. Callaghan visited the plant last Friday with Senator Maura Hopkins and there they met management and some members of staff. Management have explained that market forces were forcing the company to relocate to Sri Lanka. According to Cllr. Callaghan, members of staff were clearly upset by the sudden announcement during his recent visit.
Cllr. Callaghan said: “Every effort should be made to look after the dedicated staff, both with redundancy and retraining should an alternative employer locate at this facility.”
He added: “Government agencies need to engage immediately with the company to explore what measures can be taken to defer the closure of this plant.
“We have heard a lot of talk about revitalising rural Ireland and Ballaghaderreen is a typical rural town that has taken major hits in both employment and emigration over the past twenty years.
Cllr. Callaghan concluded by saying: “There is a strong community spirit in Ballaghaderreen and the Government need to act in order to ensure that that spirit continues.”