Workers at Fethard’s Dawn Fresh Foods, who are about to lose their jobs when the factory closes on October 25, organised a delegation to go to Dublin and meet representatives from Enterprise Ireland Board and Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, on Thursday, September 12.
The delegation of Eugene McCormack, Ray Ryan, George Williams, Aishling Coen, Jimmy O’Meara, Lizzy Thompson, Sebastian Wollensky, was accompanied by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes T.D.; Independent Deputy Seamus Healy: Cllr Jimmy O’Brien, Chairman of South Tipperary County Council; Sinead Carr, Director of Service, Community and Enterprise, and Anthony Fitzgerald, Business Development Executive, South Tipperary County Council.
Staff members were very happy with the opportunity to express their views and concerns and although they were not given any positive news they were assured that every avenue would be explored and that Enterprise Ireland has completed a full inventory of the facility and will now pursue their marketing of the plant on a global scale. Tom Hayes T.D. described the meeting with Minister Richard Bruton as very helpful.
“It was a positive meeting and it can be taken on from here. The facilities here are state of the art and everything will be done to see what can be done in terms of keeping the premises in use,” said Deputy Hayes.
The company 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.