Fianna Fail Senator Marc Mac Sharry has called for the Taoiseach to personally spearhead the Government’s response to the worrying announcement by Bank of America that it intends to withdraw from the credit card market in Ireland and the UK.
Senator Mac Sharry said “These jobs are of critical importance to Ireland not least the north-western counties of Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon and Longford. It is imperative that the Government respond with the immediate establishment of a Taoiseach-led task force to proactively deal with the situation.”
“Since 1997 the work force of some 750 people has provided a highly skilled, dedicated, professional and competitive service and their efforts and the importance of their contribution to the region and the nation demands the appropriate response from Government.”
“The new task force should include The Taoiseach Deputy Kenny, Minister Bruton, and IDA chief Barry O Leary. They should immediately put to Bank of America that they maintain their Carrick-on-Shannon based offices to support other global operations especially given the proven ability of the dedicated and competitive workers to deliver over the years”. Alternatively, if a decision has already been taken to sell the business as a going concern the Taoiseach-led task force should spearhead the marketing campaign to secure an appropriate client in the interests of the many families threatened by the MBNA announcement not least its importance to the region as a working example of the suitability of the region as a location for leading international financial services companies.”
The importance of this issue cannot be overestimated. It demands a hands-on response from Government.