LIMERICK city has been “knocked backwards once again” with the news that 65 city-based jobs are to go as a result of Glanbia’s acquisition of the Kerry Group’s Limerick based milk business, which includes the Golden Vale and Dawn brands.
The Mayor of Limerick, Maria Byrne, has described the news of the job losses at the Lansdowne production facility as well as the depot on Clare Street as a “big blow” for the city and “something we could have done without”.
“I had only met somebody recently who had worked in one of the plants and they told me that they were hoping that it wouldn’t happen – there were rumours going around about it. Certainly, it is a big blow to the city and it’s something we could have done without,” said the Mayor.
“There are some businesses opening up, giving small amounts of employment, but then we are knocked backwards again with a blow like this. I feel very sorry for the people who are losing their jobs, it is not an easy time. People are being faced will bills and now they are thinking ‘where is my next money going to come from?” she added.
The deal, believed to be worth around €10 million, was signed in early January but had to be agreed by the competition authority. Approval of the sale was confirmed this week.
The Limerick-based business currently employs 151 people across four sites in Limerick, Clare and Dublin. As part of the integration of the business into Glanbia Consumer Products, the Lansdowne production facility in Limerick, as well as the depots in Clare Street, Limerick and Cookstown, Dublin will cease to operate.
The announcement means that there will be 65 redundancies between the Lansdowne and Clare Street facilities with a further 20 redundancies at the Dublin facility.
“Most of the 65 staff impacted are operators in the plant, there are a few laboratory staff and a small number of administrative staff,” explained Geraldine Kearney, Corporate Communications Director with Glanbia.
“We had our meeting with employees. Naturally, it was a shock to them but they were very respectful and understood the realities,” she continued.
A number of activities from the sites concerned will be transferred to Glanbia’s existing operations in Kildare, Louth and Dublin. In addition, Glanbia will consolidate the sales and logistics activities for the region by opening a new depot and office in Limerick.