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Reilly devastated by the news of huge redundancies at Liberty Insurance

25 June, 2015

Speaking in the Seanad this morning, Cavan Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly raised the devastating news of the 270 proposed redundancies at Liberty Insurance, 115 of which have been announced for Cavan.

Senator Reilly stated:

“Any job loss is a tragedy, but job losses on this scale are a terrible devastation, in particular to the 270 workers affected, their families, their communities, and the economy. The job losses in Cavan are quite severe, and it will no doubt adversely affect the county and even further afield.

“These proposed redundancies come in stark contrast to the government’s position on continuous job creation. The reality in Cavan is much different, and the distressing news of these job losses has had the unfortunate effect of highlighting this once again.

“Cavan and other regions in rural Ireland have particularly suffered under this government. The county has only had a paltry 10 IDA visits since 2008.

“It is important that the government is ready to act in response to these proposed redundancies. If any of the workers need upskilling or reskilling then it should be provided, but in the main these will be very skilled and will need access to markets where their skills are applicable.

“Therefore, it is important that the government and the IDA meet with companies who can provide the type of employment needed for these workers and see if they can be brought to Cavan.”

In concluding, Senator Reilly called on the leader to facilitate Minister Bruton to address the Seanad on the redundancies, a call which was accepted by the leader.” 

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