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Ferris Comments on Denny Job Losses

16 November, 2007

North Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has expressed his disappointment at the announcement that 50 more workers at the Denny factory in Tralee are to be made redundant in the New Year. Deputy Ferris offered his commiserations with the workers and their families, describing it as a bitter blow particularly in the run up to Christmas.

Deputy Ferris said:

"I was very disappointed to learn that 50 more workers at Denny's in Tralee are to be let go in the New Year. I want to offer my commiserations to those workers and their families who have been dealt a bitter blow in the run up to Christmas. It's a dark day for the town of Tralee when an institution like Denny's which at one time employed up to 400 people is now only going to have 30 workers come February. It is even more disappointing for the workers and their families given the fact that Kerry Group indicated in 2001 that rumours that they were scaling down operations in Tralee were unfounded.

"Tralee is already an unemployment blackspot and this news along with the growing instability in the construction industry is adding to peoples fears about the future. Kerry as a whole has been treated abysmally by successive governments in terms of creating long term sustainable employment and numerous factory closures have only been met by government inaction.

"I hope to have the opportunity to raise a debate in the Dáil next Tuesday about the state of employment in Tralee and North Kerry, which have been abandoned by successive Governments and the IDA. ENDS

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