Bord na Mona plant at Littleton
The Bord na Mona briquette factory in Littleton was the subject of debate at the monthly meeting of Tipperary County Council as members supported a Notice of Motion from Cllr Sean Ryan.
A Tipperary Co. Council deputation is to seek a meeting with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to appeal to him to protect the 70 jobs at the Littleton Briquette Factory, which is under review by Bord na Mona.
A motion requesting the Council to meet with Minister Denis Naughton was unanimously passed at the Co. Council's monthly meeting in Clonmel on Monday, which was told that loss of this factory to Littleton would be the equivalent of 1000 job losses in Dublin.
Councillors appealed to Co. Tipperary's five TDs to do all in their power to save the factory,
Bord na Mona is reviewing peat processing at its factories at Littleton and Derrinlough, Co. Offaly. There is concern that review will lead to the closure of the Littleton factory and peat processing being concentrated at the Bord na Mona plant at Edenderry in north Co. Offaly.
Cllr Sean Ryan (FF), who tabled the motion, said he had spoken to a number of Littleton factory workers in recent days and they were "very fearful" for their jobs. They were completely in the dark in relation to what was happening with this review.
Cllr Sean Ryan
He argued that the IDA hadn't been very pro-active in bringing jobs to the county so they needed to protect the jobs created by native industry. He pointed out that the Littleton plant significantly contributed to Bord na Mona's substantial €50m profit in 2015.
"This (the review) is going to be on the Minister's desk in the next year or two and it's absolutely imperative that we put our spake in and stress the importance of those jobs," he declared.
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