Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
77. Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation his views on the announcement by a medical devices company (details supplied) that it will shed almost 200 jobs at its plant in Tullamore, County Offaly; if he has met or plans to meet management at the company to try save these jobs; his plans for industrial development in the area in view of the absence of other significant manufacturing industries there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24635/10]
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): Covidien informed IDA on 25th May that it would be seeking redundancies for 160 permanent staff on a voluntary basis and the loss of 40 temporary workers, which will be on a phased timescale, commencing in late June-July. These job losses will bring total headcount down to 400.
Under its new strategy IDA will continue to focus on delivering 50% of investment in the priority regional locations outside of Dublin and Cork. I can assure you that within these regions, including County Offaly, IDA is and will continue to be sensitive to particular pressure points as they arise.
I can assure the House that the State development agencies are promoting County Offaly as an attractive location for employment and investment opportunities and they will continue to make the full range of services available to all those who need them.
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