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Minister nowhere to be seen after more than 1,250 job cuts announced – Quinlivan

24 March, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Speaking after 220 jobs losses were announced by Ulster Bank, Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Maurice Quinlivan has called out Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, on her silence about mounting job losses announced all over the country in the past number of weeks.

The Limerick TD said:

“Ulster Bank’s announcement of 220 job losses and its closure of 22 branches, 2 of which are located in Limerick, is terrible news for staff, and residents who depend on these branches in their local areas. Ulster Bank made a profit of €280m in Ireland in 2016. Against this backdrop, it is hard to comprehend the closure of so many branches, and the loss of over 200 staff.

“These job losses are going to have an immediate negative impact on workers and their families, but also on the local economy and availability of services. I know personally that many people depend on the branches in Castletroy and Newcastle West for their banking needs, and this closure will mean Ulster Bank will no longer have a presence in Limerick outside the city.

“These 220 job losses come in addition to 500 at HP Inc., 200 at RTÉ, 210 at Coty, 50 at Coca Cola, and 25 at ProTek Medial in Sligo, all in the last 6 weeks. The Minister needs to act now to assist companies already located in Ireland that are struggling, and outline what plans she has in place to help those made redundant. This pattern of job losses needs to be addressed as a priority.

“In addition to this, the Minister is allowing the closure of the ConnectIreland initiative this week, which is successfully bringing jobs to rural Ireland through the use of the Irish diaspora.

“The silence from the Minister on this is deafening, she needs to outline what her plan is to stop the haemorrhaging of job losses and take action now before more jobs are lost.” 

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