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Sinn Féin MEPs to push for EU compensation for Hewlitt Packard workers - Carthy

8 February, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that the loss of 500 jobs at Hewlitt Packard in Leixlip is a devastating development for the workers, their families and the economy of the wider region.

He called for the Government to do everything in its power to ensure the workers are provided will all available training and assistance in finding alternative employment. Carthy said he and his fellow Sinn Féin MEPs would support any application for aid for the workers from the EU’s Globalisation Fund should the government make an application to the fund.

The MEP also called into question the policy of successive Irish Governments in constructing an economic model which is overly reliant on Foreign Direct Investment.

Matt Carthy said:

“The loss of 500 jobs at Hewlitt Packard in Leixlip is a devastating development for the workers, for their families and for the economy of the wider region of Co. Kildare and beyond.

"The Government urgently needs to do all in its power to ensure that the workers are provided will all available training, education and other assistance in finding alternative employment.

"My fellow Sinn Féin MEPs and I certainly support any application for aid for these workers from the EU’s Globalisation Fund.  The government should confirm that it will be making an application to the fund as speedily as possible.

“This latest huge loss of jobs underlines again the folly in the policy of successive Irish Governments of constructing an economic model which is overly reliant on Foreign Direct Investment.

"Little to nothing has been done to protect and develop a strong indigenous and manufacturing industrial base in Ireland.

"Consequently much of our economy is dependent on FDI with major negative knock-on effects when there are closures like those at Hewlitt Packard. This needs to change."7

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