COMMUNITY DEMAND FOR ACTION ON BLAYNEY TOWN TRADE CRISIS

15 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

TOWN councillors, along with trade and community leaders, united during the past week in Castleblayney to voice an angry protest to Ireland’s largest grocery and food trading group, over a decision taken at the weekend to cease trading with prominent local businessman Mr. Jim McConnon, resulting in an overnight loss of some 55 jobs.
The apparent sudden decision by the Musgrave Group’s SuperValu company to pull the plug on the Castleblayney business establishment on Monday last, caused major shock and anger in the Mid-Monaghan border town.
Apart from a huge protest demonstration staged by the staff which were laid redundant, displaying pickets outside the superstore on Tuesday last, emergency meetings of Blayney Chamber of Commerce, and the Town Council, as well as Blayney Enterprise Committee, were called to assess the situation.
The President of Castleblayney Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Patrick McFadden of the Glencarn Hotel, said on Monday night there was very serious public concern over the manner in which the company had acted in relation to the business with “scant regard for the 40 full-time jobs and 15 part-time jobs of those employed at the store”.
The Town Mayor of Castleblayney, Sinn Fein councilor James Cunningham also described on Monday as “totally unacceptable” the manner in which the company had moved to cease trading.
Mayor Cunningham called a special emergency meeting of the Town Council on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the crisis.
Following the meeting, which was also attended …

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