Molex Workers the latest victims of this Government’s failure to grabble with the economic crisis raging this Country”

January 22nd, 2009 - Pat Breen
Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen commenting on the news that a quarter of the work force at Molex could be set to lose their jobs at Molex in the Shannon Industrial Zone said that the “Workers in Molex in Shannon are the latest victims of this Governments failure to grabble with the economic crisis raging in this Country”. Deputy Breen’s thoughts are with the workers and their families at this difficult time and on the day when the members of the First Dail are being remembered and on the day when Barrack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States, Deputy Breen is calling for “real leadership” to steer us out of the abyss.




“Molex is one of the leading suppliers of interconnect products and it has 59 plants in 19 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Molex set up manufacturing facilities in Ireland in 1971 and only last year its operations at its Millstreet Plant were transferred to Shannon.”





“I understand that 100 jobs are set to go at their Shannon Plant which is quarter of their entire workforce. They employ approximately 400 staff in Shannon. I further understand that while some of redundancies will be voluntary that it may also include compulsory redundancies. I also understand that the workers remaining with the Company will have to endure pay cuts and a reduction in the working week.”


“My thoughts and prayers are with the workers and their families employed at Molex this evening. They face a very uncertain future with Molex now entering a 30 day Consultation process with their staff at which point the extent of the job losses at their Shannon facility will become clearer.”


“What is clear however is that this Government is failing to grabble with the enormity of the economic crisis that this raging in this Country and to which they have contributed to by their mismanagement of our Economy over the past ten years. 510 people are losing their jobs every day; the construction industry has collapsed and retail sales have plummeted”


“On a day in which we were remembering those politicians who sat in the first Dail in 1919 and on a day when a new era of hope and leadership is sweeping the entire world with the inauguration of Barrack Obama as President of the US States of America, it is sad that this Country which is crying out for real leadership is been let down by a Government who is showing no leadership and lacks the vision and ideas to steer us out of this abyss.”


“Unfortunately, though, another group of workers are to pay the price for this Government’s ineptitude, this time it is the workers and their families at Molex in Shannon who have become the latest victims.”