Memories – 30 years – O'Dea says plant closure 'imminent'

BUSINESS

THE CLAIM this week by Deputy Willie O’Dea that a decision has been made to close Mattersons food plant in Limerick, with a loss of 80 jobs, has been denied by the Irish Sugar Company.

But the company’s information office has admitted that the rationalisation with probable job losses is an option being considered to cut costs. 

”No decision has been made on rationalisation. If it is made, it will be put to the unions and workforce first,” a spokesperson said. 

“But there will be no closure of Mattersons,” he emphasised. 

Deputy Willie O’Dea, however, still insists that according to his sources in high places, the announcement of the closure is imminent. 

He is to put a question on the matter in the Dáil next week to the Minister for Agriculture. 

”We have problems at Mattersons,” the Sugar Company information office said. “Last year’s bacon strike put out projections for the year askew and we lost a substantial share of the market.”

”We are now looking to see how we can redress the situation. Rationalisation is an option being considered. If such a decision was taken it could mean job losses,” he said.