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Loss of 60 jobs at Lakeland a devastating blow to workers and local economy

18 February, 2009

Responding to the news that over 60 jobs are to go at Lakeland Dairies Powder Plant at Lough Egish the Mayor of County Monaghan, Sinn Féin's Matt Carthy, said that it would be a huge blow to the workers concerned and to the local economy.

Cllr. Carthy said:

"This week's confirmation of the loss of 60 jobs at Lakeland Dairies, while not being totally unexpected, will nevertheless come as a devastating blow to the affected workers and their families. The news could obviously not have come at a worse time considering the dismal employment prospects in Monaghan and throughout the island. I understand that the lay-offs will take effect early next year and I hope that in the mean-time statutory support is put in place to assist the workers in re-training and finding alternative employment.

"These further job losses will be another kick in the teeth for our local economy which as already suffered as a result of job losses and government cutbacks. There is a real need for an economic regeneration strategy for the border region and County Monaghan in particular. The Government must concentrate its energies on a sustainable job creation and retention policy. If we had a competent government with such a strategy we could have had some confidence that, even if the jobs in question couldn't be saved, the workers at the plant would have prospects of re-employment. As it is I know that many of the workers will be fearful for their economic future".


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