Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Willie O’Dea TD has said he is extremely disappointed to hear of the 130 job losses at GlaxoSmithKline in Dungarvan.
“This is devastating news for the community in Dungarvan. It is very easy to see how a tight-knit community like this will be reeling from this announcement. The news is equivalent to the Dell job losses in Limerick in terms of the effect it will have on the local economy.
“I know from the experiences of own community in Limerick City that significant job losses have a detrimental effect on spending in the economy and have a knock-on effect on other businesses.”
“Given that these jobs losses will take place of the next four years, starting next year, it is essential that the State agencies engage with the company, workers, unions and the Government to secure new investment and alternative employment opportunities for those affected.”
“I do welcome the company’s announcement that it is committed to remaining in Dungarvan as its two manufacturing plants are extremely important to Waterford,” concluded Deputy O’Dea.