Waterford Crystal - A Way forward

Posted by Alan Kelly on January 31, 2009 at 04:56 PM

Waterford Crystal
Waterford Crystal

The Labour party in Waterford wish to offer every support to the staff at Waterford Crystal who have received such a devastating blow that their jobs may no longer be there.

European Candidate, Senator Alan Kelly was in Waterford along with Brian O'Shea TD and Labour councillors from the city. The Labour party was present at the factory as the news broke and remain hopeful that a buyer can be found so that the jobs can be protected.

Senator Kelly said, "The symbolism of Waterford Crystal for the people of this area is huge and it is with regret that we have heard the latest news and we must fight to protect what is there. If it is the case that the jobs are gone permanently, then that would be an incredible blow for each employee, their family and for the region as a whole.

"Unfortunately we are becoming all too familiar with large-scale job losses. Waterford Crystal will receive a great deal of attention and the Labour party will be offering their support to the staff at the company not only today, but in the future also.

"As the dust settles on this, a cross-party action plan needs to be put in place with people from across the business and political spectrum. We need to find the way forward as soon as possible and seek out what opportunities are there.

Also, this may be the best opportunity to discuss the future of Waterford Institute of Technology. If changing its status helps attract investment, now is the time to do it when eyes will be focussed on the government. Waterford City and region needs investment and needs hope."

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