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O'Dea misleading the public over new job claims

9 January, 2009

Sinn Féin Enterprise, Trade and Employment Spokesperson Arthur Morgan has described claims by Minister O'Dea of 750 new jobs to be created at the Dell plant, following Dell's announcement of 1,900 job losses, are based on speculation and spin and attempt to put a gloss on one of the worst economic episodes in Limerick's history.

Deputy Morgan said, "The decision by Dell to pull 1,900 jobs out of Limerick could threaten up to 10,000 jobs in the region as spin off companies go to the wall. We have already heard news today of Banta International Turnkey's announcement that it intends to let go between 600 and 700 of its staff as part of the company's wind-down following Dell Ireland's decision to close its Limerick operation.

"Rather than continuing to paint a rosy picture at a time when the Mid-West region faces one of the worst crisis that it has ever seen, the Minister for Defence should come clean and tell the public the real extent of the problem and what are the actual alternatives available.

"The announcement of a task force by An Taoiseach to be established by the Government is too little too late. Dell had warned over a year ago that it was reviewing its global operation, why did the Government not take any measures over the past 12 months to set up a task force which could deal with the crisis. Instead of intervening before the crisis happened, the Government has sat back and is now fire fighting." ENDS

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