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Littleton Plant closure has rocked community to the core – Cahill

– Bord na Móna should offer redeployment and spell out plans for the site –

– Midlands Enterprise Fund needed to support communities affected by changes in energy sector –

Tipperary TD, Jackie Cahill has said that there is severe anger and disappointment across North Tipperary following the decision of Bord na Móna to close their peat briquette making facility at Littleton next April.

“This decision, made at a meeting of the Board of Bord na Móna today, and communicated to staff at the plant, has left them shocked and fearful for their futures.

“69 jobs are now at risk, and I am calling on Bord na Móna to ensure that all staff currently employed at Littleton are offered the possibility of being redeployed to other facilities as an alternative to voluntary redundancy.

“The management of Bord na Móna should also now look at alternative uses of the site that would maintain some level of employment in the area. The site is a major asset and could be used by the company for other ventures into the future.

“North Tipperary is an area that is still suffering from already high levels of unemployment, and I am deeply concerned about the future of the area.

“Generation after generation of people in the area worked at the plant. This proposed closure has rocked the Littleton community to the core.

“The works at Littleton have been loyal and hardworking employees of Bord na Móna for generations. The company owes them the chance of keeping their jobs in some form.

“In the interim, a new Enterprise Fund for the midlands for communities that are losing out as a result of changes in the energy sector should be established. We need to support those who are losing their jobs, and their livelihoods, to upskill and retrain. We need to provide support, via Enterprise Ireland, to companies who are facing uncertain futures.

“Minister Mitchell O’Connor must intervene to ensure that no effort is spared in supporting the workers to obtain new employment,” concluded Cahill.