Fethard workers meet Minister Bruton on Dawn Foods closure

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes TD has described a meeting with Minister Richard Bruton and workers of the Dawn Fresh Foods plant in Fethard as very helpful.

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes TD has described a meeting with Minister Richard Bruton and workers of the Dawn Fresh Foods plant in Fethard as very helpful.

Following the meeting which took place in Dublin on Thursday, Minister Hayes said that it was important that the workers were given the opportunity to express their views and concerns to Minister Bruton.

Dawn Fresh is involved in the production of frozen and chilled products for the UK and Irish markets and last month announced that it would be closing its production facility with the loss of 104 jobs.

The company has blamed a steep decline in sales over the past number of years, along with the cost of raw materials and sterling exchange rates, for the closure.

The plant will be closed on a phased basis, with all redundancies complete by the end of the year.

Minister Hayes organised the meeting which was also attended by Independent Deputy Seamus Healy, Cathaoirleach of South Tipperary County Council Jimmy O’Brien and a group of workers from the Fethard plant as well as representatives from Enterprise Ireland.

Minister Hayes said - “The meeting was conciliatory and workers were thankful to be given the opportunity to participate in the talks process. I believe it’s a work in progress.

“Enterprise Ireland has completed a full inventory of the facility and will now pursue their marketing of the plant on a global scale. I will continue to engage with Minister Bruton and Enterprise Ireland and collectively we are committed to the procurement process”.