The Bord na Mona plant at Littleton.
Deputies Michael Lowry and Jackie Cahill speak out
Tipperary TD's, Jackie Cahill and Michael Lowry, have questioned the new Chairperson of Bord na Mona Geoffrey Meagher and have stressed the need for the redundancy process at Littleton to be brought to a satisfactory conclusion, a head of a vital meeting in Prtlaoise tomorrow (Tuesday).
Fianna Fail's Deputy Cahill, took the company to task for the unacceptable and unsatisfactory wind down of the Littleton Plant and raised his deep unease and concerns at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment this week in Leinster House - a committee of which Deputy Lowry is also a member.
“I challenged the new Chairperson Designate on three core issues: 1) the need for a fair redundancy package that reflects the loyalty and commitment of the workers over many decades, 2) the lack of planning for future employment at the site, and 3) the proposed €60 million US investment to produce wood chip for import back in to Ireland,” Deputy Cahill said.
Deputy Lowry, meanwhile said that the company has an opportunity to conclude the redundancy process in an efficient manner by engaging in a generous way with the workers unions when they meet in Portlaoise. And, he encouraged the management to be generous in their offer in keeping with the level of loyalty, commitment and dedication to the areas which the workers have shown through many years.