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Minister needs to end his silence on job losses in Tallaght

16 February, 2005

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West, Seán Crowe has called on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin to "end his silence" on the worrying trend of job losses in Tallaght. Deputy Crowe was speaking after hearing news that Loctite Ireland announced details of a restructuring programme that will see the loss of up to 100 jobs.

He said, "The Government seems to be silent on this worrying trend of job losses in Tallaght. This latest loss of jobs is another in a long line of job losses in the area such as the losses at APW, Packard, Gallaghers, and Sujitsu. Tallaght has an unemployment rate that is well above the national average and is in urgent need of extra resources and a plan to replace these jobs.

"We need to replace these jobs with good quality, well paid alternatives. This involves being able to provide tailor made responses where the workers based in the old economy are retrained and skilled to be able to work in newer enterprises.

"The Minister needs to end his silence on this matter, the people of Tallaght deserve better than to be ignored. He needs to come up with an initiative to halt this steady decline of traditional jobs in the area." ENDS

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