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Shock and Anger at Imminent Closure of Galtee Factory in Mitchelstown

27 March, 2007


Sinn Fein candidate Cllr Sandra McLellan has reacted with shock and anger at the imminent closure of the Galtee factory in Mitchelstown.   She has called for an urgent government statement on how they plan to replace the many jobs lost in Mitchelstown and Mallow in recent years.

Sandra McLellan said:  "Unfortunately I have received reliable information that the Galtee factory is due to close in June of this year, with the loss of nearly 100 jobs.  It has also been put to me that no announcement of the closure was intended until after the general election."

"This is shocking news for Mitchelstown and North Cork.  There have been major closures of agri-businesses in both Mitchelstown and Mallow in recent years.  This news is a further blow to Mitchelstown where for my lifetime
the names Galtee and Mitchelstown were synonymous."

"Time and time again we are told how successful the economy is.  Well it certainly does not display its success in this area. The government have abandoned the agri-food industry in North Cork.  They have sat idly by as industries have been closed down for speculation and short term profit.  The people who have borne the burden of these closures are workers, farmers and contractors."

"The government needs to urgently address the jobs deficit in this area. Government policy should be to site employment across all parts of the country not just major urban centres like Dublin and Cork."ENDS

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