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O2 job losses another blow to Limerick – Quinlivan

11 February, 2010

Limerick City Sinn Féin Councillor Maurice Quinlivan, speaking today after talking to an employee of O2 who attended the company’s meeting to discuss job losses said:

“Today’s announcement that the Raheen based plant is to make redundancies with the loss of almost 50 jobs is very worrying.

“02 today have announced 50 job losses, and it is my understanding that all of these will be in the Raheen facility. Whilst my thoughts are with those who have been told their jobs are gone I would urge 02 to ensure that proper redundancy packages are made available to staff affected.

“The company also has an obligation to do what it can to assist these people in finding alternative work. Already this year Limerick City, which has one of the highest national rates of unemployment, has suffered huge job losses. We now have more than 22,000 people on the Live Register and more than 60% of young males under 25 in Limerick are now unemployed.

“The Government have no strategy to create or maintain jobs and Limerick City needs to be treated as a priority. We currently have amongst the highest unemployment rates in the state with a number of unemployment blackspots contained throughout the City."


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