Fianna Fáil Deputy Eugene Murphy said he will be calling on Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to put a team together to visit the Ballaghaderreen area and consult with employees about their future options.
“My thoughts are with the employees, management and their families who now face an uncertain future. Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor needs to urgently address the imbalance of employment opportunities in rural Ireland. The Government needs to get serious about creating viable and sustainable employment options for the regions.”
Senator Frank Feighan has also highlighted the jobs threat with Minister Mitchell O’Connor.
“Against the backdrop of the threat to jobs at Exclusive Cigar Manufacturers Ireland, I have urged the Minister to engage with all the relevant agencies in order to further sharpen the focus on Ballaghaderreen and North Roscommon in terms of attracting jobs and investment.
“The news that 38 people in Ballaghaderreen are facing redundancy next month with the proposed closure of this plant is extremely sad news and potentially a devastating blow for employees and their families.
“This company has been part of the fabric of this town for almost forty years and its closure would severely impact on the community and local economy.
“The company has said there will be a consultation period to explore any alternatives to the planned closure. In that context, we must do all we can and ensure the welfare of the employees are top priority during these consultations.”
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