Intervention At Highest Level Needed To Address “Unprecedented” Clare Job Losses

It’s claimed it will take intervention at the highest possible level to address what’s described as an “unprecedented” time for job losses in Clare.

A special meeting has been called for this afternoon at Clare County Council headquarters, which will hear calls for supports in the wake of the planned closure of Molex in Shannon, as well as issues at Avara, Roche and Moneypoint.

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This year has seen a series of consecutive blows for the jobs market here in Clare.

A number of staff have already been let go from Roche and Moneypoint in recent years; employees at Avara Pharma in Shannon are facing redundancy and most recently, Molex, which is also in Shannon, announced its closure for next year.

Mayor of Clare, Fianna Fáil’s Cathal Crowe, has likened the situation to the massive job losses associated with Dell in Limerick, and at Waterford Crystal in Waterford, with the situation now prompting an emergency meeting this afternoon.

There, he hopes, an application for EU funding to assist the workers may be approved.

This evening’s meeting has seen Clare’s Oireachtas members, the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and locally elected councillors all invited.

It will also be attended by workers from some of the affected businesses.

Avara Employee Representative Jim Breslin says it’s vital that swift action is taken.

He wants a collaborative effort from all relevant stakeholders to protect the workers and their families’ futures.