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Cullinane backs UNITE’s Waterford Crystal campaign

24 January, 2013 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has given his backing to a European legal campaign to have the name ‘Waterford Crystal’ attached only to glassware made in Waterford.

He commended the UNITE trade union in taking a test case, which could force the current owners of Waterford Crystal to repatriate manufacturing of the brand to Waterford.

Speaking today, Senator Cullinane said:

“Sinn Féin has, for many years, raised the issue of branded Irish products being outsourced with the consequent loss of jobs. Waterford Crystal closed in 2009 with the loss of 600 skilled jobs. Waterford City and County is suffering at the moment with one of the highest levels of unemployment in the state.

“While some crystal items are again being made in Waterford, the vast majority of manufacturing has moved away from Ireland. It is sad to pick up Waterford Crystal products in stores and see 'made outside of Ireland' on the package.

“I commend UNITE for its positive legal and commercial action against the making of products in other regions. Just like Champagne in France and Parma ham in Italy, the brand Waterford Crystal should mean this product is made in Waterford.

"I wish them well in taking this case to the Registry of Trade Marks in Alicante, Spain, and I sincerely hope they are successful.”

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