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Disappointment at loss of jobs in Gweedore

31 August, 2007


Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has expressed his disappointment at news that the Euró Iompú Teo Coach Conversion Company in Gweedore has ceased trading this afternoon and is set to go into liquidation in September with the immediate loss of 45 jobs. Senator Doherty went on to call on the Government to designate the Northwest of the region as an area of exceptional economic need.

Speaking this afternoon he said, "Euró Iompú Teo Coach Conversion Company has been a credit to the Gweedore community as a local company creating local employment since 1985. It was with great disappointment that I heard today that the company has ceased trading and is set to go into liquidation in September with the immediate loss of 45 jobs for the local area and more jobs to go in the aftermath of the closure.

"I have been in touch with the company to offer any assistance I may be able to give and to convey my sympathy with the workers. Unfortunately there is not a lot that can be done and there doesn't seem to be much hope for employment elsewhere in the local area.

"Employment in Donegal is at crisis point with 18% of the population currently unemployed. Sinn Féin is calling on the Government, and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mícheál Martin in particular, to designate the Northwest as an area of exceptional economic need with a set of incentives including State subsidies to attract business into the region.

"We also need to see a serious effort to tackle the infrastructural deficits in the Northwest." ENDS

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