Fianna Fáil TD for Louth Declan Breathnach has expressed serious concern following the news that eBay is to wind-down its operations in Louth.

Deputy Breathnach made the comments after a memo was circulated to staff at the company stating that eBay will wind down its operations in Dundalk by the second quarter of 2017.

“The loss of eBay in Dundalk is a serious blow to the local economy in Louth and is particularly difficult for the employees that will be affected,” said Deputy Breathnach.

“Unfortunately workers at the company have been left in the dark regarding their future. There was a series of rumours doing the rounds in recent months that eBay would seek to close its operation in Dundalk, and unfortunately this rumour has now been confirmed by management at the company. It’s simply unacceptable that the workers have had to put up with these rumours for months without any clarification being provided by management.

“I remain hopeful that the staff operating in Dundalk can be facilitated in transferring to a new role within the company, or to another firm in the locality. It’s important that we recognise that many workers have put down roots in Louth and have started families. It’s simply not an option for these people to up sticks and move to an entirely different area.

“It’s disappointing that the Government failed to convince eBay to continue with their operations in Dundalk. Every effort must now be made to ensure the workers are given all the support they need in the months ahead to secure alternative employment in the Louth area. Serious questions also have to be asked as to why eBay decided to close its operations just over three years after moving its European HQ to Dundalk,” concluded Deputy Breathnach.