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Gerry Adams in frank meeting with Interbrew

8 July, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP, accompanied by Michael Ferguson MLA and Councillor Paul Maskey, this morning met David Randall Interbrew's Supply Chain Director who has responsibility for the Glen Road Brewery and its future.

Speaking after their meeting Mr. Adams said:

"We expressed in frank terms our dissatisfaction with the manner in which Interbrew has dealt with the Glen Road site and the staff who work there. And we told Mr. Randall of the grave disquiet, which exists throughout this island, at an Interbrew strategy which appears only interested in how much of its products Irish people drink, as against its responsibilities to workers and their families, and the community they come from.

Most of our discussions focussed on what happens next. Sinn Féin‚s objective is to ensure the future viability and sustainability of brewing on the Glen Road and to protect the jobs that exist there.

We questioned Mr. Randall at length about his company‚s preparedness to facilitate a sale of the site as a going manufacturing brewery. For example what brewing and distribution contracts would be available to a potential buyer, and for how long? We also raised with him the understandable fears of workers about their redundancy arrangements in the event that the brewery is closed or sold off to someone else.

Michael Ferguson and Paul Maskey told him of their discussions yesterday with the British Economy Minister Barry Gardiner. And I relayed to Mr. Randall the Taoiseach‚s strong support in a meeting with me yesterday for a continuation of brewing on the Glen Road. We have agreed to remain in close contact."ENDS

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