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Government Agencies must intervene to support BOSE jobs – Carthy

28 January, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking on Wednesday morning Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency and Carrickmacross native, Matt Carthy, again called on the IDA and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to urgently intervene to protect the jobs at the BOSE plant or to secure alternative employment at the site.

Carthy said:

“Having spoken to many of the staff of BOSE manufacturing plant I still share their bewilderment at what has happened.  The decision of BOSE, based as it is on such a penny pinching and mean mentality, goes contrary to everything that we have known of the company during its tenure in South Monaghan.  Bose has been a good employer which has benefited from a hard-working and loyal community in Carrickmacross that simply will not be matched anywhere else in the world.

“I have offered the staff my full support for any measures which they decide to undertake and I want to assure them of my full assistance both individually or collectively in the weeks and months ahead.

“It is my firm belief that thorough and resourceful attempts must be made by all relevant parties in order to keep the plant open or failing that, to attract alternative employment to the site.

“To this end, I have written to the CEO of BOSE to investigate if any conditions could be met in order for them to reconsider the decision to close the plant and I have sought a meeting with the CEO of IDA in order to assess what opportunities may exist to ensure South Monaghan retains and attracts investment and employment.

“I wrote to Minister Bruton on receiving the news of the BOSE closure last week and while I received a reply it was not sufficient to indicate that the government are taking this matter as seriously as they should.  I have written to the Minister for a second time reiterating my call for direct and immediate intervention on his part to retain the plant in Carrickmacross and indicating that I am available to offer any support I can in terms of retaining the jobs or securing European funding to support the workers of BOSE if the company decides to proceed as announced.

“I am calling on elected representatives of all persuasions and relevant agencies to work together at this critical time to ensure that every effort is made to prevent the closure of the BOSE plant.”

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