Another body blow for Clare as 40 jobs go at the Woodstock Hotel in Ennis – Breen

October 9th, 2008 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Clare Deputy and Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Pat Breen TD has today (Wednesday) described the closure of the Woodstock Hotel in Ennis with the loss of 40 jobs as another major body blow for County Clare.

Deputy Breen urged the redoubling of efforts by the Liquidator to find a suitable operator to run this top-class hotel and the other two remaining DG Hotels in County Clare – the Two Mile Inn and the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel.

“My thoughts are with the 40 workers and their families who have lost their jobs at this time. Coming so soon after the announcement of a potential 300 job losses at Aer Lingus at Shannon it is another warning sign to this Government that action must be taken in this years Budget to address the cost of doing business in this county.

“The Woodstock Hotel is a landmark hotel in Ennis with its magnificent setting, top-class facilities including a Leisure Centre and Golf Club and has been a source of enjoyment for many families for several years. The staff has provided a first-class service to everyone who visited and it will be sorely missed.

“I urge the Liquidator to redouble efforts to find a suitable operator to run this business and as well as the two remaining DG Hotels the Two Mile Inn and the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel. This would help to save further jobs losses and a new operator might be in a position to re-employ some of the current staff.

“Its closure, however, is symptomatic of a deeper malaise in this country underpinned by the increased cost of doing business. Businesses have become overburdened with regulation and have witnessed huge increases in the price of electricity while the Government has done nothing to address this country’s declining competitiveness.

“The Hotel and Tourism Sectors have also taken a huge hit following the Governments’ failure to act to secure the Shannon Heathrow route, falling tourism revenues, the poor rate of exchange and the recent bad weather. 

“I also urge the Government not to short-change these workers who are unfortunately losing their jobs by reducing spending on up-skilling and retraining in next week’s Budget. It is at a time of economic decline that we should be investing in these much needed schemes.”