Seán Sherlock T.D., Minister for Research and Innovation, today [Wednesday] said he was very disappointed at today’s announcement of job losses at the at the Pfizer manufacturing facilities in Little Island and Ringaskiddy, Cork.
Minister Sherlock said: ‘Today’s announcement will come as a severe blow to the workers and their families. The focus now is to ensure maximum support and assistance for those workers affected by this announcement.
FINE Gael Cork South Central Deputy, Jerry Buttimer, has this afternoon (Wednesday) said that the job losses announced at Pfizer in Cork are regrettable and that challenges lie ahead for the pharmaceutical industry in dealing with drugs coming off patent.
“My sympathies lie with the workers who will be losing their jobs as a result of what is happening in the pharmaceutical sector. While the details of what lies ahead for workers are still being worked out, it is my firm hope that the majority of jobs losses will be of a voluntary nature.
Party Leader Micheál Martin said: “Pfizer is a major employer in Cork and these job losses are a devastating blow. Pfizer’s operations at Little Island and Ringaskiddy have been of huge benefit to the local economy and its growing presence over many years has been a strong statement of confidence in Ireland. Pfizer is one of the most successful FDI companies in Ireland and I think it is important to point out that these redundancies are the result of global factors and sales, and not failings on the part of the Cork operations or its workers.” [Read more...]
“The announcement that there are to be 200 redundancies at Blizzard Entertainment on Cork’s north side is very disappointing, and my thoughts today are with those workers whose future is uncertain.
“While the company will continue to be a very significant employer in the area, this news is a blow nonetheless.
“Blizzard Entertainment has gone from strength to strength in Cork since the establishment of its customer support centre at the Blackpool Business Park. And the company has experienced significant success with games such as World of Warcraft and Diablo.
FIANNA Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has challenged Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil this morning on his and his Government’s response following confirmation that Aviva are set to axe almost 1,000 Irish jobs.
In the course of his challenge to the Taoiseach, Deputy Martin has discovered that despite being aware of the imminence of the threat from more than a month, the Taoiseach has failed to take the initiative to meet with Aviva chiefs and seek to use his influence to retain these jobs.
Mr Martin said, “This Taoiseach and this Government were elected on a litany of broken promises, the most notable of which was a promise to create jobs.
FIANNA Fáil front bench spokesperson Billy Kelleher has raised the concerns surrounding up to 1,000 jobs at insurance giant Aviva.
“The announcement by Aviva Health in May to move its European headquarters from Dublin back to London rang alarm bells that further restructuring could take place affecting its operations in Ireland.