[Sinn Fein]

4th September 2002

Tánaiste called on to protect IFI jobs

Sinn Fein spokesperson on Employment, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Arthur Morgan has called on the Tánaiste to spell out what steps she is going to take to protect the jobs currently under threat at the Irish Fertiliser Industries plants in Cork, Arklow and Belfast. Deputy Morgan made his call following reports that the company is to shut its Marino Point plant in Cork for a three-month period. The proposed shutdown will affect the 200 strong workforce.

Deputy Morgan said:

``I am calling on the Tánaiste to spell out clearly what steps the state, with

its 51% shareholding in the company through Nitrigin Éireann, is going to take

to protect the 200 jobs at the Cork fertiliser plant.

``Irish Fertiliser Industries has been a very good example of a home grown

successful company. Sources close to the company have said that they need just

12 months to get over this critical period. The government must ensure that

this company, which has significant interests in Cork, Arklow and Belfast is


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