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Job losses at Microprint another major blow to local economy - Crowe

3 March, 2008


Dublin South West Sinn Féin representative Seán Crowe has called on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to outline what measures he plans to take to replace jobs in Tallaght. Speaking after another company in Tallaght announced its closure, with the loss of 130 jobs Crowe said no other area could sustain such a haemorrhaging of jobs as Tallaght has had to sustain.

He said, "The announcement of the closure of the Microprint plant in Tallaght comes hot on the heels of the news of the closure of Jacobs Fruitfield with a loss of 220 full-time and 100 part-time jobs. The closure of Microprint adds the loss of another 130 jobs in an area with one of the highest levels of unemployment in the state.

"The past number of years has seen unemployment in the area grow at a phenomenal and unacceptable rate with job losses at Loctite, APW, Packard, Gallaghers, and Fujitsu. We can now add Jacobs and Microprint to that long and ever-growing list.

"The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin has yet to outline what measures he plans to put in place to replace these jobs and I would call on him to do so now. 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. My colleague Deputy Arthur Morgan will be raising this in the Dáil this week.

"No other area could sustain such a haemorrhaging of jobs as Tallaght has had to sustain. Today's news is yet another blow to the local economy which has just recently been rocked by the job losses at Jacobs." ENDS

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