120 jobs lost as Limerick Hotel closes
Limerick Sinn Féin representative Maurice Quinlivan has expressed his deep concern after confirmation that the Castletroy Park Hotel has today closed and immediately ceased trading. Quinlivan said it will be a "devastating blow to an area already reeling under the haemorrhaging of jobs."
Speaking today after being contacted by a number of staff at the Castletroy Park Hotel Quinlivan said:
"Staff have today been informed with immediate effect of the closure of Castletroy Park Hotel with the loss of approximately 120 jobs. The Hotel is now closed. This will be another devastating blow to Limerick which is already reeling under the constant haemorrhaging of jobs.
"Unemployment in Limerick increased by a staggering 70% in 2008 from 8,236 in December 2007 to 14,030 in December 2009. The figures no doubt have accelerated greatly this month and we will unfortunately see another huge increase over the next few months as the Dell decision to end manufacturing becomes reality.
"The Government task force which has been promised for Limerick must be established immediately. This task force must have a remit for all those who have recently lost their job or are facing loss of their employment in 2009. This extends far beyond those being let go by Dell. Thousands of construction and other workers have also recently lost their jobs. This task force must ensure that funding for retraining and enterprise development is extended to all Limerick workers affected by job losses, and not those just directly employed with Dell. The Government must also fast-track the regeneration of Limerick in order to provide hundreds of jobs for the City's construction workers while providing quality homes and communities for the people of Limerick.
"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.
"Whilst the Hotel Worker's rights must be protected and adequate redundancy paid it is also essential that all those who have deposits paid for bookings, especially weddings, are fully refunded. I have spoken to a number of couples who have deposits paid and are unable to secure refunds for the Hotel. This is simply not acceptable, what should be the happiest day in the lives of young couples has been transformed to a nightmare." Críoch