Nolan meets with Tullamore Menary’s workers due to lose their jobs
Local Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate, Carol Nolan, recently met with the staff of Menary’s department store in Tullamore, where 45 staff are due to be laid off in the next few months.
Nolan stated that more needs to be done by state agencies to create and retain employment in the area.
“I am heartbroken for the staff and families affected by the decision of Menary’s to lay off 45 staff in the coming months. These workers are understandably anxious about their futures and I would like to send my solidarity to them at this difficult time.
“The announcement that Menary’s Department store is to close with the loss of 45 jobs is a huge blow to the town of Tullamore.
“Unfortunately, the people of Offaly have had their fill of job loss announcements and, in my view, much more needs to be done to create and retain good quality jobs in the region.
“Last year there was only one site visit by the IDA to the county despite the fact that there is high unemployment in areas of the constituency – the town of Banagher has an unemployment rate of 17%.
“I have previously written to the Chief Executive of the IDA to highlight the lack of job creation in the county and highlighted the high number of vacant commercial in the county – Banagher has over 40 empty premises along the main street.
“The response I received was extremely disappointing in that the official concerned refused to engage with me in relation to my concerns and advised that he would deal directly with the executive of Offaly County Council.
“I am not content to let this matter rest and to that end, I have submitted a motion at the next council meeting calling on Offaly County Council to follow up on my concerns directly with the IDA.
“Every effort must be made to bring much needed investment to our communities in order to create and retain jobs and I am calling on my fellow councillors to support this motion when it comes before the council.”