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Morgan extends solidarity to today’s Waterford Crystal demonstration march

4 February, 2009

Sinn Féin Enterprise, Trade and Employment Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has this morning extended his solidarity for today's march in Waterford in support of the Waterford Crystal workers. Deputy Morgan was one of the first politicians to visit the workers on site who are currently staging a sit in following the company receiver's decision to shut down the plant.

Deputy Morgan said:

"Earlier this week myself and my colleagues, local Councillors David Cullinane and Joe Kelly, met with the Waterford Crystal workers and also trade union leaders. We conveyed our deep frustration with the government's hands-off approach to the job losses.

"The South East region has been ignored by successive Fianna Fáil led governments, the result of which has been the loss of 16,000 jobs and 10,000 people now on the live register in Waterford alone.

"Sinn Féin has repeatedly called on government to address increasing unemployment and the economic infrastructural deficit in the South East region. Our recommendations of what needs to be done have fallen on deaf ears. Sinn Fein believes that by taking the right steps it is possible to retain and create jobs. Developing and supporting Ireland's indigenous export market and front loading critical infrastructural projects are just two examples of how such objectives can be delivered.

"I want to express my solidarity with today's demonstration in support of the Waterford workers. The local support of the workers illustrates just how critical it is to keep the company open for business." ENDS

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