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BWG closure a devastating blow to the workers and Ballyshannon – Doherty

31 August, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Reacting to the news that BWG Foods is set to close with a loss of some 20 jobs, Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty described the news as “yet another devastating blow to the workers and to Ballyshannon”.

Senator Doherty reiterated his call for the government to make job creation in south Donegal a priority and to immediately convene a cross party, inter-agency forum to vigorously pursue job creation and job retention.

Senator Doherty said:

“Donegal, its politicians and job creation agencies must get hungry for jobs. It needs to become the primary focus of all those charged with responsibilities. Donegal must work and cooperate together with the singular focus of creating and retaining jobs.

“News today that BWG Foods is to wind down its business as and from the 1st October will be yet another devastating blow to the 20 workers who are set to lose their jobs, as well as to Ballyshannon, a town which has been haemorrhaging jobs left right and centre. I sympathise with the workers and their families at this time. But this news must also act as a call to action.

“BWG is the latest in a string of closures in the Ballyshannon area, with businesses struggling to stay afloat and with little action on the part of the government.

“Before the summer I challenged the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe, in a Seanad debate, to make job creation and retention in south Donegal a priority.

“I asked the Minister, in particular to ensure that towns in south Donegal such as Donegal Town, Bundoran and Ballyshannon, are targeted by IDA Ireland as sites for overseas investment and development. I pointed out that these towns need particular investment as they have been, and continue to be badly hit by growing unemployment.

“Clearly the government has not taken any action to create or retain jobs in this area as is seen by today’s announcement.

“I am again reiterating my plea to the government to take action. Ballyshannon cannot take anymore closures; the people of Ballyshannon and Donegal have a right to work. I am urging the government once again to make job creation an absolute priority in Ballyshannon and in Donegal, and work with others in an honest fashion to bring that about.” ENDS

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