22 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

MEMBERS of Castleblayney Town Council, along with a representative from the local Chamber of Commerce, met with Cavan/Monaghan Oireachtas members, Deputies Sean Conlon, T.D., Brendan Smith T.D., and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin T.D., on Monday last to explore what can be done to bring employment to Castleblayney after the large number of job losses suffered over the last few months.
The debate, which was held in committee, centred on the closure of the Cargill Meats plant with the loss of upwards on 100 workers in the past few months, as well as the more recent controversial move-in by liquidators at McConnons’ SuperValu store in Blayney.
After a two-day stand-off last week involving staff at the Blayney store, who were protesting over their sudden job loss, the keys were handed over by Mr. Jim McConnon, proprietor of the premises, to the liquidators .
Following the handover, and the gaining of entry to the store, preliminary discussions took place between the liquidators and representatives of the Town Council in an effort to preserve a continued acceptable level of trading and employment associated with the ongoing volume of business in the Mid-Monaghan town.
No details of the talks were released to the media.
However, a brief statement from the Town Council on Monday said that at the meeting earlier in the day the local Oireachtas members pledged to the Council delegation that they would “collectively approach both public and private agencies to raise awareness of Castleblayney and its prospects and that they will be proactive in their endeavours to bring a source of employment to the town”.

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