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More should have been done to protect Bord na Móna jobs – Quinlivan

4 May, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Commenting today on the announcement of 69 job losses at the Bord na Móna peat briquette plant in Littleton, Co. Tipperary, Maurice Quinlivan TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, said that more should have been done to protect these jobs in the Tipperary plant.

The Limerick City TD said:

“This decision today is devastating for the 69 workers and their families and will have a major impact on the region. The effect of the closure of the Littleton plant on the local community will be huge.

“Many of these workers have worked with Bord na Móna for years, and have been left in constant worry over past number of months, due to speculation that their jobs were under threat at the facilities. This announcement could also affect an additional 56 people who work in harvesting of peat.

“Earlier this week, I submitted two Parliamentary Questions to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, seeking information on what the Minister’s department was doing to ensure there were no job losses at Littleton or Derrinlough.

“Today’s decision answers this question and indicates that despite numerous signals that jobs were under threat, Fine Gael did nothing to ensure these jobs were protected.

“Bord na Móna recorded profits of €17 million in 2015-2016, and so it is hard to comprehend how these job losses are essential. It is unacceptable that these jobs could not have been saved, or workers relocated to other sites, and Minister Naughten and Minister Mitchell-O’Connor need to clarify what action they took to try and avoid this outcome, and what they will do for workers made redundant today.” 

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