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Adams condemns job losses and closure of Dundalk brewery

12 January, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his disappointment at the announcement by Diageo that it is to close Dundalk brewery by July 2013 and he has called on the government to intervene directly and urgently with Diageo to make every effort to retain Dundalk brewery and its 55 jobs.

The Sinn Féin leader was commenting after Diageo announced that it is closing the Dundalk and Kilkenny plants and centralising its operations in Dublin.

Deputy Adams said:
“It is not good enough for Diageo to praise its Dundalk workforce and describe as “outstanding” its contribution to their business, and at the same time throw 55 workers onto the dole queue.

Dundalk brewery has been a backbone of the local economy for generations. Although much smaller than it once was, it still makes an important contribution to Dundalk.

The closure of the plant in July 2013 will be a bad blow for the town and every effort needs to be made to persuade Diageo to retain the brewery.

I have contacted Richard Bruton, the Minister for Enterprise and Jobs and Innovation, asking that he arrange an urgent meeting with Diageo to press for a reversal of this decision.

Diageo announced this decision four years ago. Workers have a right to know what the previous government, and this government did to prevent this decision from proceeding.

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