Call for Minister to come to Gaoth Dobhar after Largo Foods closure- Ó Domhnaill

200 New Well Paid Jobs Needed in Gaoth Dobhair/Cloughaneely by July

Following the news last month of the closure of Largo Foods with the loss of 110 full time jobs and 30 part time jobs, Fianna Fáil local election candidate for Glenties Cllr Seamus Ó Domhnaill is calling on the Minister for Jobs and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to come to Gaoth Dobhair  to “meet staff,  explain why there has been a lack of action by the Government to make new jobs available before the Largo jobs go in July.”


“Staff were advised at the time that 70 jobs would be available in the sister factory of Largo Foods in Ashbourne but in recent days it has come to light that only 20 jobs are available. ”


“A task force was set up by Údarás na Gaeltachta and while they were in contact with the staff/ union at the time of the announcement no further contact has been made with the staff and the first machines are being moved to Largo in Ashbourne next week meaning that the first lay offs will occur. The staff are extremely annoyed at the lack of information and the lack of assistance being provided with creating new jobs in the area and it would also appear that the factory may close prior to the scheduled date in August,” explained Cllr Ó Domhnaill.


“Údaras need to provide at least 200 high paid jobs in the County before the first of July. The employment creation budget available to Údarás na Gaeltachta has been slashed by this Government with any new or high tech jobs being supported by the organisation created in the Galway Gaeltacht. There appears to be a total lack of focus on creating new jobs in the Donegal Gaeltacht.”


“I am calling on both Government Ministers to immediately visit the Gaoth Dobhair and Cloughaneely Area so as they will see first hand the amount of empty Údarás Units in the area. Our area need to see action. An inactive task force telling us about what needs to be done is a complete waste of time. Jobs are urgently needed. We need action now not in two years.”


“Many workers set to lose their jobs in Largo Foods have loans and mortgages – promises of training and promises without action will not pay the bills.” Concluded Ó Domhnaill


Posted: Apr 29, 2014     |     Categories: Uncategorized