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Regret at prospect of Carrickmacross meat plant closure with loss of 60 jobs

12 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghin Ó Caolain has expressed his regret at the news that Barford Meats in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan is to close with the loss of 60 jobs. Management is currently in talks with SIPTU over redundancy settlements with the workforce. The Carrickmacross plant processes beef, pork and lamb for retail outlets. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"I understand that the prospect for the future of the plant is bleak and it is now facing closure. This is most regrettable and the loss of 60 jobs will come as a blow to the workers and their families, to the town of Carrickmacross and to South Monaghan. It is an especially grievous blow as Christmas approaches. I have already contacted the company to see if any assistance could be offered. However, it seems unlikely that closure can be averted.

"I am writing to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin calling on him to take a personal interest in this situation and to ensure, if the company cannot be saved, that replacement jobs are secured for the redundant workforce as a matter of urgency."ENDS

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