Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has said the news of 80 job losses at Homecare Medical Supplies comes as a major blow to East Mayo.

The Irish-based company has been forced to axe 80 positions, including 50 in Kiltimagh and 15 in Ballyhaunis, having lost an important HSE contract.

“My thoughts are with the workers and management at Homecare Medical at this extremely difficult time. This comes as a terrible blow to them and their families, particularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas,” said Deputy Calleary.

“Homecare Medical is a valued employer in Kiltimagh and Ballyhaunis. The loss of these jobs will unfortunately have a significant impact on the local economy, at a time when the East Mayo region can least afford it. It’s my understanding that the company has been forced to pursue these redundancies because it will lose an important contract with the HSE from the end of January.

“I will be seeking to raise this issue in the Dáil at the earliest possible opportunity this week. Everything must be done to ensure that the staff affected are given every support possible as they seek alternative work. The company must also be supported in keeping its doors open and creating further employment into the future.”