Up to 50 jobs secured at Gallaghers, Ardara – Ó Domhnaill

A deal has been done to save up to 50 jobs at Gallaghers in Ardara, according to local Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill. The Fianna Fáil candidate in Donegal South West has confirmed that the Swiss parent company, IAWS, has accepted a local bid for the fresh food part of the bakery.

Senator Ó Domhnaill explained, “A group of senior employees at Gallaghers submitted an offer to IAWS to take over the fresh food part of the bakery in a bid to save between 40 and 50 jobs. Management have now accepted this, and the process is underway to transfer this section of the business to its new owners.

“This is a huge relief for Ardara, following last month’s news that the entire bakery was set to close with the loss of all 189 jobs. Losing Gallaghers in its entirety would have been a major blow for this area. My colleagues at Údarás na Gaeltachta immediately met with management and staff to see what could be salvaged from this extremely difficult situation.

“IAWS have been resolute in their decision to transfer the frozen production part of Gallagers, the Cuisine de France range, to its existing facility in Clondalkin, Dublin. However, Pat The Cope Gallagher and have spent the past two weeks in intensive negotiations with IWAS, local management and local employment agencies to secure the fresh food part of the business in Ardara.

“A handful of bids were submitted to the parent company and I am delighted that the offer from the group of local employees has been successful. These people know the business and are in the best possible position to secure its success into the future.

“While it is a relief that up to 50 jobs will be saved at Gallaghers, it is still devastating for the remaining 140 people who are being let go. I am angry and disappointed by the Swiss owner’s decision to transfer Cuisine de France from Ardara.  I will to everything in my power to ensure that the workers who are losing their jobs are provided with the support they need secure employment.

 “The Ardara area has suffered a number of job losses recently. It is now time for a large scale community effort to secure sustainable employment in the region. I have asked Údarás to spearhead a local information day for those who are seeking work, have a business idea, are looking to upskill or are concerned about challenges within their business.

“I propose that this is attended by officials from FÁS, the Donegal Local Development Company, MFG, the County Enterprise Board, Letterkenny IT and the Department of Social of Social Protection.  This will give people an opportunity to seek the advice and support they need from a range of experts, to improve their employment opportunities,” concluded Senator Ó Domhnaill.

Posted: Feb 5, 2011     |     Categories: Ardara