Local Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil has said that the confirmed announcement that all staff at Liebherr will move to a three day week from September until the end of the year should cause alarm bells to off at the heart of government.

Deputy Brassil said, “Not only is Liebherr one of the biggest employers in the county, it is one of only a handful of IDA supported enterprises in Kerry.

“With so many staff set to lose up to 40% of their take home pay as a result of this decision, the local economy in Killarney will take a severe beating. Household spending by the workers and their families will be hit hardest.

“The Department of Social Protection need to actively work with families affected to identify if any are eligible for the Family Income Support payment while on three day weeks and ensure that applications are processed as quickly as possible.

“As an IDA supported enterprise, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys needs to urgently meet with local management to see is there anything Government can do to support the company.

“Global economic winds are not as favourable as they once were. The Government take this into account while planning for the future.

“I am aware that the company has concluded a number of major projects across the globe in recent months, and this has affected the company’s finances greatly. Any and all avenues should be explored to support the company which has given great employment locally for decades,” concluded Brassil.