Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed his sympathies to workers at the Ranbaxy pharmaceutical plant in Cashel Co. Tipperary following the announcement that the facility is set to cease all operations. Deputy McGrath was speaking after a month long negotiations process on the future of the site ended with the loss of over 100 jobs:
“I was devastated to hear of this enormous blow to the workers hopes; a blow that will certainly extend to the broader local economy in Cashel.
I had been in touch with the facility’s management in an effort to extend all possible mediation services.
I had also raised the matter with Minister Richard Bruton and have this morning again notified him of the scale of the economic loss that this represents for Cashel and Tipperary.
It is also a significant setback to regional development in the South-East and it must be addressed with all the urgency it deserves.
I will be seeking firm commitments from the Minister in terms of his Department extending all necessary support packages to the affected workers and their families,” concluded Deputy McGrath.