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Job Losses deals bitter blow to county - Ferris

14 January, 2005

Sinn Féin North Kerry TD Martin Ferris has called for immediate government action to tackle the recent spate of job losses in Kerry. The North Kerry Deputy was commenting following the news that 120 jobs were going to be lost between Killarney and Tralee. 28 workers at Tralee‚s Sheet Metal Industries Ltd are to finish this evening and a further 92 jobs are to go at Killarney's underwear manufacturer Sara Lee.

Speaking from Tralee today Deputy Ferris said:

"Not long after the IDA described as a 'quality year' for job creation in Kerry, we have the news that another 120 workers in Tralee and Killarney are to lose their jobs. This is a serious blow to the local community. Sheet Metal Industries has provided secure employment for several generations of people in Tralee. Many families will be affected by this news and everything possible most be done to assist them.

"These job losses along with the job losses in the textile industry in Killarney are another bitter blow to Kerry. There needs to be a coordinated strategy to tackle unemployment and ensure that investment into the county is prioritised by the government. I have in the past called for a Jobs Task Force to be set up in Kerry to deal with the crisis and I think now is the time to take an imaginative initiative like this." ENDS

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