Fianna Fáil Councillor John Lahart is proposing a plan that could save jobs being lost as a result of the closure of the Abberley Court Hotel, Tallaght.
Councillor Lahart said this evening: “I was really saddened to hear this afternoon about the closure of the Abberley Court with the estimated loss of 70 jobs. The Abberley was Tallaght’s first hotel, opening in 1995, and has made a huge contribution to employment and the local economy.”
Councillor Lahart added: “This is a cruel blow to the community in Tallaght but more particularly to the employees and their families who face into the May Bank Holiday weekend with no jobs and it appears to have come out of the blue for staff.
“It is all the more surprising given that as recently as April 22nd the hotel had advertised on Facebook that they were ‘hiring’ staff and interviewing for positions.
“As Chairperson of South Dublin County Council’s Economic and Tourism Strategy Group I have made immediate contact with our Economic Director and I understand that South Dublin Chamber of Commerce will be acting quickly through their new Tourism Group to find out if other hotels locally have positions which Abberley staff could take up.
“The tourist season is beginning and about to get into full swing – there is a large number of hotels within two square miles of the Abberley Court who may need at least seasonal workers to start with and who could provide opportunities for those staff who are now unemployed. The long weekend will delay this process somewhat but this is an opportunity for local hotels, if they have the vacancies and if the Abberley staff have the competencies, to provide alternative much-needed employment for those who lost their jobs today.”