Fianna Fáil Senator Terry Leyden has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to take the lead in negotiations to save hundreds of jobs at the MBNA credit card company in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim.
Senator Leyden said: “The news that Bank of America is pulling its credit card business from Ireland comes as a major blow to Co Leitrim and to the entire region. MBNA is one of the largest employers in this area and plays important role in the local economy.
“Up to a thousand people working in the Carrick-on-Shannon office are now at risk of losing their jobs. This would be devastating for them and their families, and there would be a serious knock-on effect for the local economy. The Government must do everything in its power to find a buyer for the firm in order to save as many jobs in Co Leitrim as possible.
“I am calling on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to urge him to intervene without delay. While I welcome the contact between the IDA and the Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton, this is a serious matter that requires the Taoiseach’s attention at such a crucial time. The hundreds of MBNA staff in Carrick on Shannon need reassurance that the Government is taking this matter seriously and will fight to save as many jobs as possible.”
“As a long-standing customer of the MBNA, I can testify to the excellent service provided by the staff in Carrick-on-Shannon. There is no doubt in my mind that MBNA is leaving behind a highly-skilled and well trained workforce that would be an excellent asset to any potential buyer,” concluded Senator Leyden.