Leitrim Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney has said the latest news that Bank of America/MBNA is to axe 100 jobs in Carrick-on-Shannon will come as another major blow to staff who are already deeply concerned about their future.

 

Senator Mooney said:  “The past few months have been a nightmare for the 750 staff at the MBNA credit card facility in Carrick, and today’s news is just the latest terrible twist in the tale. They and their families have been living with enormous stress and uncertainty since Bank of America confirmed that it’s pulling its credit card business, MBNA, from Ireland.

 

“The 750 staff need answers about what efforts are being made to secure a buyer in the MBNA credit card service in Carrick in the immediate future.  We have heard the Jobs Minister Richard Burton talk about a high level of interest from buyers, but we have no idea what stage of the process this is at.  In the absence of certainty and action, 100 people are now losing their jobs. 

 

“MBNA is one of the largest employers in the region and large-scale job losses will have an untold impact on the wider economy.  The sooner a resolution is found and a buy-out deal is secured, the sooner the staff can be provided with some certainty about their future.   In the meantime they have absolutely no job security, as is evident from today’s announcement.”