The Mayor of Tipperary Town Cllr.Billy Bourke said his immediate cocern was for the families of those who lost their jobs.
"I would like to convey my sincere regret at this announcement and its implications for the employees and their families who have been affected by this decision. My immediate concern is for them and their future and in this regard I fervently hope that a successful approach can be adopted to minimising the impact of this fateful decision. While I appreciate that the terms of the redundancy package are a matter for the Company, I would hope that any package would acknowledge the workers loyalty and contribution to the company," he said.
The mayor who convened a special meeting of Tipperary Town council after the closure anouncement was made is a former employee of Pall and was let go when the company made fifteen people redundant in 2009. In 2003 the company made one hundred and fifty people redundant when they closed their medical filters operation at the plant.
"It is only eight short years since we faced a similar announcement from Pall Ireland when on the basis of their perceived viability in the market they chose to make 150 employees redundant. It is all the more disappointing to note that at a meeting with senior representatives of Pall on the 23rd June 2003 they confirmed their decision to retain the manufacturing division with a compliment of, at that time, 75 jobs. Furthermore they stated that they were fully committed to this decision and had every confidence in the future viability of their manufacturing division. In a press statement issued at the time, it was stated that the delegation of civic leaders left the meeting with a belief that Pall Ireland were committed to maintaining their presence in Tipperary Town.
The mayor said it was disappointing to note that the decision to close the plantlast Thursday was stated as being a "global consolidation" with no reference to the financial viability or performance of the company.
"Pall Ireland have committed to full consultation with their employees in relation to the closure including the possibility of avoiding the proposed redundancies, reducing the number of employees affected, mitigating losses and supporting all those affected by way of outplacement advice and services," he said.
Cllr.Bourke said the closure by Pall follows on from the closure of the Dell facility in 2009 which also saw significant job losses impacting Tipperary and the surrounding area. Many of the people affected by that decision are still seeking employment.
"It is no less vital that we as leaders in our community do all we can to help and support those faced with the ramifications of this decision. We must ensure that all available resources are used to best effect in order to instill confidence in our community despite adversity and despite the current economic uncertainty that surrounds us," said the mayor.