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15th May 2003

Irish Government fails to honour its redundancy commitment to Belfast IFI workers

Speaking during the course of the debate on the Redundancy Payment Bill in the Dail today Sinn Fein Dail Leader Caoimhghin O Caolain accussed the Irish Government of failing to honour its redundancy commitments to the Belfast workers of the state owned Richardson's IFI plant. Deputy O Caolain said:

``I wish to raise the case of the workers made redundant at Richardsons, the Irish Fertilisers Industry's plant in Belfast. IFI was a company owned by this State. The Belfast workers had a redundancy agreement and, when the company was wound up, it was not honoured by the Government of which the Minister of State is part. As a result, the workers have been left short and out of pocket.

``The workers left a meeting with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment last November deeply disappointed and sorely offended. The failure of the Government to meet the terms of the agreement in place is damaging to the development of real and effective cross-Border relations.'' ENDS

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