Waterford TD and Chair of the Oireachtas Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee, Mary Butler TD has said the decision to cease production at Waterford Stanley from October 2017 is a sad day for Waterford, and even sadder day for the 33 people who will lose their jobs.

“Stanley cookers have been bringing warmth and comfort to Irish homes for generations, and the company has been synonymous with Waterford for decades, with the first ever Stanley cooker being produced in 1936.

“This is a heart wrenching day for the workers who will lose their jobs, and of course their families. Many come from a long line of Stanley workers stretching back to the 1930s.

“This is part of a deeply worrying trend and as a country we need to put in place the supports required to retain existing manufacturing jobs in Ireland

“Those who are being made redundant following this decision by Stanley also need proper support.  Waterford hasn’t seen the same reduction in unemployment as other parts of the country. The county’s unemployment rate is currently running at nearly 9.5%, almost a full 3% points higher than the national average.

“The Department of Social Protection, and the Department of Jobs and Enterprise, must be very proactive in terms of providing retraining opportunities. We cannot let any of these workers become part of the long term unemployed.

“The Local Enterprise Office and Enterprise Ireland should work with the management of the company to see what options there are to increase the opportunities for sales growth to ensure that those who are being retained to work in sales and distribution have secure jobs, and that potential future job growth is realised,” concluded Butler.