FINDING REPLACEMENT INDUSTRY FOR BOSE PLANT IS “VERY HIGH PRIORITY”, MINISTER INFORMS CO COUNCIL

10 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

Finding a replacement industry for the recently closed Bose plant in Carrickmacross was “a very high priority”, a letter sent from the Dept of Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton informed Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council.

Minister Bruton’s commitment to bringing alternative employment to the South Monaghan town didn’t spare his letter from criticism, with Sinn Féin’s Colm Carthy ironically welcoming what he regarded as a belated response on the issue, and Robbie Gallagher (Fianna Fáil) taking the Minister to task for appearing to claim credit for recent good news on the jobs front in Co Monaghan and the Border region.

The letter from the Minister’s Private Secretary stated: “I have been asked by Mr Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to refer to your letter of 21st April, on behalf of your Council, regarding the Bose facility in Carrickmacross.

“Following the announcement of the closure of that factory, the Minister established an inter-agency group under the chairmanship of Enterprise Ireland, also including IDA Ireland, the Local Enterprise Office, the Education and Training Boards from Cavan/Monaghan and Louth/Meath and the Department of Social Protection.

“Initially the main work of the group has been to co-ordinate the response from the State in terms of awareness of entitlements and opportunities for the affected staff. This has …

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