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Government must urgently invest in West in wake of Abbott announcement

4 December, 2007


Sinn Féin Councillor Padraig MacLochlainn has described the loss of 500 jobs from the Galway plant of Abbott Laboratories as a severe blow for the county and the West of Ireland and called on the government to invest in the West to counter the effects of the job cuts.

 

Cllr. MacLochlainn said:

 

“We recently had the launch of the IDA report 2006 which included Abbott as an investment highlight of last year. The loss of 500 jobs today shows how unreliable this kind of investment can be. This announcement is also badly timed, with only three weeks to go until Christmas. We can only hope that this is the sum total of the cuts and that the rest of the 3,000 Abbott jobs around the country are still safe.

 

“The West cannot sustain job losses and yet the Government refuses to build any kind of infrastructure that would attract new jobs to this part of the country. There needs to be a coordinated strategy to tackle unemployment and ensure that investment into Galway and the West as a whole is prioritised by the Government.” ENDS

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