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Government should give greater priority to indigenous industries - Morgan

14 July, 2005

Sinn  Féin Trade and Employment spokesperson and Louth TD Arthur Morgan has
called  on  the  Government to give greater priority through the employment
agencies  for  indigenous industries after it was revealed that 250 workers
are  to  be let go at the Quantum Technology Firm in Dundalk. Deputy Morgan
said, “Today is a black day for Dundalk and the general area.”

Speaking  in Louth today he said, “Today is a black day for Dundalk and the
General  area.  The  250  workers  directly effected by this will have huge
difficulties  because many of them would have substantial mortgages, trying
to pay for over priced houses.

“These  workers  were congratulated for meeting all their targets by senior
workers of Quantum from America who visited the factory last Christmas.

“They  are  now  trying  to explain this factory closure as ‘outsourcing to
further   improve  underlying  cost  structures.’  This  is  an  increasing
phenomenon   resulting  from  globalisation,  which  means  more  and  more
companies  are  moving  to cheaper labour cost countries such as the new EU
member states and China.

“There is also another tier of jobs going to be lost through companies that
would have supplied Quantum with various products.

“Less  than  3  years  ago  there  was much fanfare and publicity about the
expansion  of  this IDA backed company by Mary Harney. The least the people
in  Dundalk  should  expect  is  that  the  same  energy  that was put into
trumpeting  this  company  in  September  2002 should be put into replacing
these  jobs.  More  recently,  when we had the announcement of 300 jobs for
Dundalk  with  the  establishment  of Back of Scotland’s call centre in the
area, Dermot Ahern was up here flag waving but he is nowhere to be seen now
when these workers need his help.

“I  am  calling  on  the  Government  to  give greater priority through the
employment agencies for indigenous industries.” ENDS

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