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Border counties least equipped to deal with job losses – Ó Caoláin

1 February, 2008


Sinn Féin Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has described the loss of 130 jobs at Grove Turkeys, Smithboro, Co. Monaghan as "a bad blow for the people of Co. Monaghan and the Border region". He said there was an onus on the Minister for Agriculture and Food and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to address the "development deficit" in the region. The Sinn Fein Dáil leader said:

"The loss of 130 jobs at Grove Turkeys in Smithboro, and the knock-on effect for scores of farming families who supply the plant, is a bad blow for Co. Monaghan and the Border Counties. If measures can yet be undertaken to avert these job losses then they should be taken without delay and the Minister for Agriculture and Food Mary Coughlan should take the lead in conjunction with management and workers at the plant.

"As the economic slowdown leads to job losses across the country, the Border Counties are the least well equipped to deal with the situation. Successive Governments including the present administration have presided over a development deficit in this region. The glut of development in infrastructure, employment and construction in the east and south of the country has left the Border region in a very vulnerable position and over-reliant on a few industries such as food-processing.

"There is an onus on the Minister for Agriculture and Food and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mícheál Martin to address this deficit as a matter of urgency before the job losses at Grove Turkeys are followed by others." ENDS

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