Statement by Seamus Healy TD 0872802199
Loss of Jobs at Grants Compounds Unemployment Crisis in Clonmel and in County Tipperary
The announcement of 50 job losses at Grants Clonmel is a cruel blow to the workers and their families.
It represents a worsening of the unemployment crisis in Clonmel and County Tipperary generally.
It follows the loss of 200 jobs at Intellicom Clonmel, the loss of 12 jobs at Gleesons (C&C) Borrisoleigh and a further 20 jobs in C&C administration and sales. There have also been redundancies at Boston Scientific while the state of the art Johnson and Johnson plant at Cashel remains idle.
There are 14,000 people unemployed in the County, way above the unemployment rate in Ireland as a whole.
The Unemployment Rate in Co Tipperary at 18% is almost double the national average and the youth unemployment rate is 20%. Unemployment increased by almost a hundred in Clonmel in April and by 383 in County Tipperary at a time when the figures nationally were decreasing.
Not a cent of the €150 million to be spent by the government in IDA advance factories and offices in Ireland over the next five years is to be spent in County Tipperary.
I have raised this issue directly with Minister Bruton, Minister for Jobs, on the floor of the Dáil. I pointed out that a nett 321 IDA supported jobs have been lost in County Tipperary over the last 3 years and that all County Tipperary towns have been excluded from IDA supported advance factories and offices over the next 5 years.
The Minister refused point blank to remedy this.
I also objected to the €15 million euro cut in Leader Funds for tipperary by Minister Alan Kelly. I warned that this would cost jobs.
Now following the job losses at Intellicom, Grants and Gleesons ,I have put further questions down to Minister Bruton and I will also be meeting Grants management on Friday morning.
It is now time for Minister Tom Hayes and Minister Alan Kelly to intervene with Minister Richard Bruton to ensure that Tipperary gets its fair share of job creation.
The people of Clonmel and County Tipperary pay the same taxes as other Irish citizens and we demand our fair share of job creation funds.
Seamus Healy TD
Paddy Healy 087-4183732