Diageo job losses a devastating shock – Cullinane
Senator David Cullinane has expressed his concern and surprise at the announcement that 36 jobs are to be lost from due to the closure of the Diageo plant in Mary Street Waterford. The Waterford Senator has indicated he is to seek a meeting with the company as a matter of priority.
Senator Cullinane said;
“I am surprised and concerned at the news that some 36 jobs, including ancillary jobs, are to be lost from the Diageo plant in Waterford.
“This is a devastating shock to the employees and their families, and I wish to express my concern for them at this difficult and worrying time.
“We were aware of the possibility of a scaling back of operations. However it was not anticipated that good quality, high tech jobs, such as producing the concentrate for Guinness, would be lost.
“It is particularly surprising and puzzling given that the company made a significant €40m Capital Investment in the plant in 2004.
“There is a tradition of Brewing in Waterford, and indeed on this site for hundreds of years, and Waterford has served Diageo well.
“This is a further body low to a city which is already struggling with a high unemployment rate of 25%, way above the National average.
“We will be seeking a meeting with the company as a matter of priority. I, as part of a Sinn Féin delegation, have already met with Senior Executives of the Company, in relation to what were then prospective job losses in Kilkenny and in Dundalk. We had hoped at the time that that would be the end of any job losses, but regrettably that appears not to be the case.
“We will seek to engage with the company to see if there is any way in which these jobs can be saved.”