Breen warns of body blow to Shannon if Aerospace jobs axed

October 20th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael National Press Office
Press Statement by Pat Breen TD
Clare

Wednesday 20th October 2010

The loss of at least 100 jobs at Shannon Aerospace would be a body blow to the region, Fine Gael Clare TD Pat Breen warned as he called on Batt O’Keeffe to immediately meet with company management.

Speaking after he raised concerns about these jobs in the Dáil today (Wednesday), Deputy Breen said he was bitterly disappointed that the Taoiseach refused to answer questions on the matter.

“Only last May Shannon Aerospace announced it was expanding its services after being given new design responsibilities. Yet just a few months later I understand that the company is due to announce the loss of hundreds of jobs at the facility.

“The loss of so many jobs would be devastating to Shannon and the entire region. Almost 11,000 people are already on the live register in Co. Clare, which has been largely neglected by the current Government.

“So it was deeply disappointing when the Taoiseach refused to answer questions on this crisis when I tried to raise it in the Dáil today. Some 500 potential jobs were lost to Ireland when the Tánaiste refused to facilitate Ryanair in the Hangar 6 controversy. Now Co. Clare is obviously too far away for the Taoiseach to show any concern.

“Shannon Aerospace employs 780 people as a provider of base maintenance facilities. The company has a global reputation and counts Aeroflot, Aer Mediterranean, and British Airways among its customers. It also provides maintenance to aircraft passing through Shannon, including Ryanair.

“Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keeffe must immediately clarify a efused to answer questions on the matter.

“Only last May Shannon Aerospace announced it was expanding its services after being given new design responsibilities. Yet just a few months later I understand that the company is due to announce the loss of hundreds of jobs at the facility.

“The loss of so many jobs would be devastating to Shannon and the entire region. Almost 11,000 people are already on the live register in Co. Clare, which has been largely neglected by the current Government.

“So it was deeply disappointing when the Taoiseach refused to answer questions on this crisis when I tried to raise it in the Dáil today. Some 500 potential jobs were lost to Ireland when the Tánaiste refused to facilitate Ryanair in the Hangar 6 controversy. Now Co. Clare is obviously too far away for the Taoiseach to show any concern.

“Shannon Aerospace employs 780 people as a provider of base maintenance facilities. The company has a global reputation and counts Aeroflot, Aer Mediterranean, and British Airways among its customers. It also provides maintenance to aircraft passing through Shannon, including Ryanair.
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