THE LIMERICK Branch of the Bacon Company of Ireland – O’Mara’s – has officially ceased production with the loss of 50 jobs, the Limerick Leader learned this week.
After weeks of negotiations between management and the ITGWU, during which 37 workers were laid off temporarily, it was finally confirmed that the plant is closed.
The premises in Roche’s Street will be retained as a depot and marketing office for Claremorris and Letterkenny branches of the Bacon Company of Ireland, and 11 workers will be employed.
A spokesman for the ITGWU said that they had been hopeful up to the end that production might be continued in Limerick and they were disappointed at the final outcome.
O’Mara’s bacon factory has been in operation in Limerick since 1839.
The reasons for closure were given this Friday by a company spokesman. “Primarily,” he said, “it was unprofitable. There are too many pigs in the country and little or no export. All our margins have been squeezed.” Also, the spokesman said: “We are an old factory in the wrong part of the world.”
He said that the IDA and the Department of Agriculture were trying to sort it out.