Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has described as a devastating blow, the announcement that 70 jobs are to go at the Elanco pharma plant in Sligo. The global animal health company is a division of Eli Lilly, which has been operating in the town since 1991.
Senator Mac Sharry commented, “The announcement today has come as a terrible shock for workers at the Elanco facility. The fact that up to 40% of the workforce is being made redundant is extremely worrying and all efforts must be made to ensure that as many of these jobs as possible can be saved. This company has been a major employer in Sligo for over 2 decades and the majority of these workers are highly skilled in their field.
“I am extremely concerned that this announcement coincides with rumours of impending job losses at a nearby medical devices company. Sligo has been a hub for the pharma industry for decades, employing hundreds of experienced and expert researchers, technicians and other skilled workers. Minister Richard Bruton, who has spearheaded the Action Plan for Jobs, must now step up to the mark.
“I am urging him to intervene, along with the State’s Industrial Promotion Agencies, to engage in immediate discussions with Elanco and press strongly for the retention of these jobs. He must also set up a taskforce to engage with the affected workers to ensure that they are offered upskilling and retraining opportunities so that they can find alternative employment opportunities.
“The IDA has been integral in attracting foreign direct investment to Sligo and the North West region, however its efforts have been stymied by a lack of Government support. Fine Gael and Labour have completely neglected this region, instead of fast-tracking vital access upgrades such as the N4. The Government’s lack of investment in key infrastructure makes a mockery of the IDAs efforts to attract and grow foreign direct investment in the region”.