18 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The closure of the once vibrant company Rossmore Furniture by McNally & Finlay in the county capital prompted calls at Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council for the Government to introduce support measures to secure and create jobs in the area.

Cathaoirleach Seamus Treanor expressed regret at the closure of a company which he said had been an employment provider in the town for 51 years.

The Cathaoirleach said the business had cited as one of the reasons for their decision the high cost of insurance and other charges which were proving very detrimental to business at the current time.

“It is a bloodbath on the high street at the present time,” Colr Treanor remarked.
Sinn Féin’s Sean Conlon said it was with great regret that he had learned that another business in the local area was closing down.

Referring to evidence of economic decline which he had witnessed in Castlebar when he attended last weekend’s Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Colr Conlon said every town and parish in Ireland was suffering from business closures and emigration.

He proposed that, in light of continuing job losses and increasing unemployment and emigration in the Monaghan area, the Council call on Government Ministers Richard Bruton, John Perry, Brian Hayes and Phil Hogan asking them to implement job creation measures for the Monaghan community.

Colr Conlon referred to the emphasis in the “Putting People First” document on the reform of local government on local authorities playing a direct role in promoting economic development.

He said that the Town Council’s efforts to have an enterprise centre located at the now vacant Revenue Commissioners building in the Tullyherim area of the town needed to be kept on the agenda.
The Cathaoirleach said he agreed with Colr Conlon’s sentiments, but referred to the various business parks and enterprise …

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