Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has challenged Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil this morning on his and his Government’s response following confirmation that Aviva are set to axe almost 1,000 Irish jobs. 

In the course of his challenge to the Taoiseach, Deputy Martin has discovered that despite being aware of the imminence of the threat from more than a month, the Taoiseach has failed to take the initiative to meet with Aviva chiefs and seek to use his influence to retain these jobs.

Micheál Martin TD commented, “This Taoiseach and this Government were elected on a litany of broken promises, the most notable of which was a promise to create jobs.  At the same time that they were raiding private pensions to pay for a high profile but faltering ‘jobs initiative’, they were being warned that established, well paid jobs in the insurance industry were under threat.  This morning we learn that despite these warnings, the Taoiseach failed to take any initiative, failed to use his office to put pressure on Aviva to reconsider and failed to intervene at a time when he may have been able to save some, if not all of the almost 1000 jobs that are being axed.  This is an appalling lack of leadership.

He concluded, “Each job lost is a tragedy for that individual and their family.  Each of the 950 individuals in Aviva and their families will have been correct to expect that their Taoiseach was doing all that he could to protect those jobs.  To learn this morning that he had failed to even meet with Aviva chiefs will come as a major disappointment for each and every one of them.”