Mid- West Task Force must undertake an immediate risk assessment – BREEN.

March 24th, 2009 - Pat Breen
Responding to today’s reports that 9,500 jobs will be lost in the Mid-West Region as a result of the closure of the Dell Manufacturing Plant, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen is calling on the Government’s Mid-West Task Force to sit down with the Companies involved to undertake an immediate risk assessment and to investigate if these companies could have a role in supplying Dell’s emerging markets in Poland and in other locations overseas or if there are possibilities in terms of adapting their practices in this changing environment.

“When news of the demise of Dell first broke here in the Mid- West Region, there was a denial in Government circles that this decision would have a Tsunami effect in the Region.”

“According to today’s report an estimated 2,510 workers will be made redundant at Dell with some 6,600 positions to be lost in associated companies.”

“Last week a further 100 job losses were announced at Dell and what is particularly worrying is that the high value jobs are now under threat. These high value jobs in R&D are the sort of positions were are supposed to be promoting in Ireland. These latest job losses put a question mark over the entire plant in Limerick.”

“At this stage I would urge the Task Force to sit down immediately with the companies involved and undertake a risk assessment. They should investigate if these Companies could have a role in supplying Dell’s emerging markets in Poland and other locations overseas. Or indeed if there are other possibilities in terms of adapting their practices in this changing environment.”

“What is clear is that this Government cannot afford to sit on its laurels. In the wake of the initial job loss announcement at Dell the Government set up the Mid-West Task Force and the work of this Task Force must be underpinned by the necessary Government support.”