Independent TD Mattie McGrath has raised the shock closure of Suir Pharma Ireland Ltd in Clonmel with the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Deputy McGrath was speaking during the Dáil Order of Business where he pleaded with both Ministers to have effective responses escalated as quickly as possible in the interests of all the workers who have been adversely affected:
“There is nothing but absolute sympathy for all of the workers and their families at Suir Pharma following yesterdays’ announcement that a liquidator is to be appointed to the company.
What was equally appalling however is the manner in which the workers were told of their imminent unemployment.
It is clear from listening to the workers that while there were grounds for fearing the worst; none of this was directly communicated to them until the last possible moment.
This represents a clear trend toward the erosion of worker’s rights and the capacity of large companies to effectively ride roughshod over employee concerns.
We need to re-establish firm legislative ground for the protection of workers to be given due notice of such events; especially when such processes as liquidation are clearly foreseen.
I will be maintaining regular contact with the Minister Mitchell O’Connor on this matter and have also requested an emergency debate to have the government’s response clearly outlined.
Clonmel and the entire county are already suffering from a severe regional imbalance in terms of employment and inward investment. That is a trend that must be immediately reversed,” concluded Deputy McGrath.