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Adams disappointment at Interbrew decision

24 August, 2004

West Belfast MP Gerry Adams has expressed his disappointment at the announcement from interbrew that they are to proceed with the closure of the Glen Road Brewery.

Mr Adams said:

"We are disappointed with the decision by Interbrew to end Brewing at the Glen Road site. We believe that this decision fails the needs of the community and the workforce. Over the past number of years we have made advances in spearheading the regeneration of West Belfast. The loss of these jobs is a blow to this regeneration.

"A brewery has operated in West Belfast for over 100 years. This is a viable business with a highly skilled workforce which produces a quality product. It is one of the largest private sector employers in the area and as such acts as a flagship for other investors.

"Over the past year we met with Interbrew, the British and Irish Governments, potential buyers and worked with local Trade Unions to save these jobs. I continued to speak with Interbrew right up to last night. However Interbrew have made a decision to end production at the site.

"We will continue to meet with Interbrew and the Trade Unions to ensure that workers are redeployed and the rights of the workers are safeguarded and a redundancy package offered which reflects their skills and commitment to the company.

"We are also seeking a commitment from Interbrew to maintain distribution, marketing and administration on the Glen Road." ENDS

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