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Government needs to act to safeguard Big Fish games

22 August, 2013

Sinn Féin has called on the Government to act immediately to safeguard jobs at Big Fish Games in Mahon, Cork.

Cllr Chris O’Leary was responding to the news that the companies European HQ is to be closed, putting 89 jobs at the Mahon facility in jeopardy.

“I am very concerned at the announcement today that the Big Fish games facility in Mahon may face closure, it would be a terrible blow to the local economy.

"In particular this is a very worrying and difficult time for all of the Employees at Big Fish in Cork, and my thoughts are with them at this time.

"It is essential now that the Government takes whatever actions it can to protect and preserve these jobs. Little over a year ago, the IDA and the Minister were happy to take credit for the news that Big Fish was to expand, and to create new jobs. Investment in this sector was spoken of as part of the government’s plan to address the unemployment crisis.

"They must now take responsibility. The jobs promised by the IDA and Minister should be realised, and they need to act to safeguard the promised jobs and to develop other projects for the area if it is to close. It is very concerning to see jobs being potentially lost, rather than created, and it raised questions as to the Governments jobs strategy.”

Cllr O’Leary added that as an IDA backed company, it was likely to have received some degree of state support.

“I think it is important that we are made aware of what level of state support, and investment the company received in recent years, and what guarantees the Government received regarding that investment, particularly if it comes to pass that the facility is to close. However, the focus for now should be on doing all we can to protect these jobs and the livelihood of these workers."

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