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Fears for Tallaght jobs as speculation mounts of hotel closures

20 January, 2009

Tallaght based Sinn Féin councillors Seán Crowe and Cathal King have expressed their concern that two hotels in the area are due to announce their intention to close for business. Councillor Crowe said it will be a "devastating blow to an area already reeling under the haemorrhaging of jobs."

Speaking after being contacted by staff at the hotels Councillor Crowe said:

"It seems inevitable that we are now looking at the closure of Tallaght Cross and the Glashause in Tallaght with the loss of approximately 120 jobs including part-time jobs. This will be a devastating blow to an area already reeling under the constant haemorrhaging of jobs. Unemployment in Tallaght increased by a staggering 66.9% in 2008 from 3,903 in December 2007 to 6,516 in December 2009.

"We need to see a concerted effort by the various state agencies to help these workers find alternative employment. We need to ensure that there are supports and structures put in place to help people who may now find themselves under severe financial hardship in terms of paying rent and making mortgage repayments.

"We are concerned that these closures are not only a symptom of the wider recession but are in fact connected to what we believe has been unsustainable development in the Tallaght area."

On the wider issue of developments in Tallaght Councillor Cathal King said:

"Serious questions need to be asked in relation to the sustainability of developments that have taken place in the Tallaght area over the last number of years. Hundreds of new developments including offices and apartments lie empty with no indication that they will ever be used.

"The generous tax breaks doled out to developers over the years have led to a glut of property with nobody with the financial ability to inhabit them. In effect part of the area is fast becoming a ghost town of vacant properties. This needs to be addressed immediately. We may need to look at putting in place a moratorium on further development in the area to assess the actual needs and requirements of the community and business sector in terms of buildings and facilities." ENDS

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