6 September 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

• Political reaction to dairy plant redundancies

Cavan/Monaghan Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has issued a strongly-worded condemnation of the decision on Friday by Lakeland Dairies to issue redundancy notices to 68 employees at the LacPatrick (formerly Town of Monaghan Co-op) processing plant at Coolshannagh in Monaghan Town. Deputy Ó Caoláin posed the question of whether Monaghanbased shareholders were aware of the threat to the future of the range of activities carried on at the Monaghan plant when they voted for the merger with Lakeland Dairies back in October.

The Monaghan Town-based Dáil Deputy noted that he had previously expressed concern regarding Lakeland’s plans for the Monaghan site, and had met with senior staff at Monaghan and written to Lakeland’s Chief Executive Michael Hanley seeking assurances as to the Coolshannagh plant’s future. He described last Friday’s announcement as a “despicable decision” and a “dark day not only for the workers affected but for the employment prospects in our county town for schoolleavers of the coming years.”

Deputy Ó Caoláin stated: “I am very disappointed that what I and others feared has now come to pass. The decision by Lakeland Dairies management to close the yoghurt manufacturing plant and to relocate the butter manufacturing operation at Monaghan to a site in the North is a bitter blow to the North Monaghan area. “Friday’s announcement represents a dark day for not only the workers affected but for the employment prospects in our county town for school-leavers in the coming years. It is a despicable decision that…

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