Bruton urged to act on Cordis job losses

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

50 staff from Cashel who lost their jobs when it was announced that the town’s Cordis plant would close have been taken on by Abbott Vascular in Clonmel, it emerged at the monthly meeting of Cashel Town Council.

The news was relayed to the meeting by Anthony Fitzgerald, Business Development Executive with the County Council. The Council was working with an outplacement company called Career Vision and Abbott decided to utilise the skills that these people had gained while working with Cordis, he said.

His announcement was made as Cllr. Sean McCarthy called on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton and IDA Ireland chief executive Barry O’Leary to travel to the headquarters of Johnson and Johnson in California to seek a replacement industry for the Cordis plant in Cashel, which will close at the end of the year with a total loss of 200 jobs.

“The shots would be called in California and the message has to be got to California. The holidays are over but Minister Bruton appears to be asleep at the wheel in relation to Cashel”, said Cllr. McCarthy.

They had done what they could in South Tipperary and the company was also working on a replacement industry but unfortunately there had been a stony silence from other quarters.

Cllr. McCarthy said that Minister Bruton hadn’t visited the area in the wake of the “bombshell” announcement that the plant would close, although he noted that the Minister had “hotfooted” it to Carrick-on-Shannon when there was a problem with the MBNA credit card company.

Cllr. McCarthy claimed that the Minister was the key to the success of the future of the plant and its staff.

When Cllr. Eoghan Lawrence said he understood that the Minister had met with Johnson and Johnson executives in the United States when the Cordis closure was announced, Cllr. McCarthy asked if there was a report available from that meeting.