The loss of 180 jobs at one of Sligo’s largest employers is a major blow to the entire North West region, according to Sligo Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry.
 
 Abbott has announced this afternoon it is to cut more than half of the workforce at its Ballytivnan plant over the next 12 months.
 
“This is extremely worrying for the workers at Abbott and their families, particularly coming into the Christmas period,” said Senator Mac Sharry.  
 
“It is particularly disappointing coming just two days after the Taoiseach and Jobs Minister held a high-profile press conference here in Sligo to announce the retention of 120 jobs at Stiefel.  That media event was just a stone’s throw away from where job losses are being announced today.  The question must be asked, were they aware of the impending cuts at Abbott at the time?
 
“While the retention of jobs at Stiefel is certainly welcome, today’s announcement highlights the need to focus on creating new jobs in Sligo and across the North West.  The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Burton were happy to do endless interviews about the positive jobs announcement in Sligo earlier this week, but where are they now when the bad news surfaces?
 
“I want to hear from Minister Bruton about what the Government is doing to support the staff at Abbott in Ballytivnan.  It is crucial that political representatives from all parties demonstrate their determination to retain and attract major employers like Abbott to Sligo and the North West.”