Local MEP Marian Harkin (Ind) has begun a challenge on the Irish Government over the job losses that have been announced at the former Quinn Companies
The announcement, which was made last week, indicated that there would be a further 285 redundancies at Liberty Mutual Insurance, which Harkin said, would “have grave consequences for the border areas”.
“On the day that receivers were sent in to the Quinn Group, the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan said the deal was a good news story for the workers and border region,” Ms Harkin fumed.
“In the Dail - referring to the disposal of Quinn Insurance, to Liberty Mutual - the Minister said that another factor in the government’s decision to go with the Liberty Mutual/Anglo proposal was the fact that virtually all of the jobs would be protected - aside from the 24 redundancies in Manchester. I have been informed however that the decision to appoint a share receiver will have no significant impact on jobs in the wider Quinn Group.”
The Independent MEP for the North/West went on to say that – to date and according to her calculations – job losses at the former Quinn Insurance company, now stood at 1,185 in total, and this clearly highlighted “the Government’s total understatement of the consequences of breaking up the Quinn Group”.
“The Minister must now institute an immediate evaluation of the current position of all of the former Quinn Group companies and ascertain the intentions of the current owners, if they can be identified,” she explained further. “The border areas cannot sustain any more shock announcements from Liberty Mutual or from the owners of former Quinn Group companies which could be disposed of at any time.”