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Loss of Jacobs jobs huge blow to local community - Crowe

25 January, 2008

Responding to news that the Jacobs Fruitfield factory in Tallaght is to close with the loss of 220 jobs Sinn Féin representative Seán Crowe said this will be a huge blow to the local area and rejected company's excuse that outdated equipment is making the facility uncompetitive claiming that the money from the sale of the Jacobs site at Whitestown Industrial Estate was to go towards maintaining both the jobs and the facilities at Tallaght.

Speaking today Crowe said, "The scandal in all of this is that when the Jacobs factory at Whitestown was being sold South Dublin County councillors rezoned the land to housing on the basis that the profits made on the site would directly reinvested into maintaining facilities and safeguarding the existing jobs at the Belgard factory. This money has not been invested and therefore the argument from the company that the factory is uncompetitive due to outdated equipment does not stand up. The money from Whitestown should have provided this factory with top quality equipment.

"The loss of these jobs will be a huge blow to the local Tallaght community. The employees at Jacobs have been a loyal and hardworking workforce that has served the company and this community for decades.

"For years the Government has being promising action to stop the loss of jobs in the manufacturing sector yet these have proven to be empty promises. The loss of these jobs will bring unemployment in Tallaght very close to the 4,000 mark the second highest area in Dublin with the fastest growing unemployment levels.

"This latest loss of jobs is another in a long line of job losses in the area such as the losses at Loctite, APW, Packard, Gallaghers, and Sujitsu.

"The Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Mícheál Martin must now come up with a new initiative to halt the steady decline of traditional jobs not only in Tallaght but in the rest of the state as well. These jobs need to be replaced with good quality, well paid alternatives. This will have to involve re-training and up-skilling of workers to work in new enterprises.

"Sinn Féin will be raising this latest jobs crisis in Tallaght with Minister Martin in the Dáil next week." ENDS

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