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FF calls on Govt to intervene as Lufthansa Technik considers closure

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has called on the Government to intervene as aircraft maintenance firm Lufthansa Technik considers closure. Deputy Calleary said, “400 highly skilled high quality jobs are at risk here. These are jobs that the local economy and the Irish aviation sector cannot afford to lose.  The Government has a duty to intervene and explore all options for preserving the future of aircraft maintenance in Ireland. “Just yesterday, the Taoiseach was out announcing hundreds of new airline jobs as a result of a Ryanair expansion.  At a time when the airline industry in Ireland is growing significantly, it’s difficult to understand how Dublin can be […]

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National Training Fund surplus must be invested in job activation

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The Government is sitting on a multi-million euro unspent resource in the National Training Fund (NTF) while hundreds of thousands of job seekers are looking for work, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary. Figures revealed to Deputy Calleary through Parliamentary Questions show that there was an unspent resource of €155m in the NTF at the beginning of this year.  According to the Department of Education, which manages the fund, this is likely to stand at just under €117m at the end of the year. “This money needs to be invested in valuable training opportunities for those seeking work.  It makes no sense to sit on such a […]

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has said the news of 80 job losses at Homecare Medical Supplies comes as a major blow to East Mayo. The Irish-based company has been forced to axe 80 positions, including 50 in Kiltimagh and 15 in Ballyhaunis, having lost an important HSE contract. “My thoughts are with the workers and management at Homecare Medical at this extremely difficult time.  This comes as a terrible blow to them and their families, particularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas,” said Deputy Calleary. “Homecare Medical is a valued employer in Kiltimagh and Ballyhaunis.  The loss of these jobs will unfortunately have a significant impact on […]

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Homebase examinership highlights lack of Govt action on retail sector

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Dara Calleary TD, has reacted to the news that an interim examiner has been appointed to the retailer Homebase. Deputy Calleary commented: “The news that Homebase has entered into examinership again highlights the very precarious position retailers of all sizes are in. Businesses throughout the country are struggling to survive and the Government has continuously failed to provide the adequate supports needed to help them. “My thoughts are with the 558 staff at this difficult and uncertain time and I hope the interests of the workers will be central to the examinership process. “The retail sector is absolutely critical to our economy. […]

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Light on substance, heavy on spin

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary has described the Action Plan on Jobs 2013 as a another lost opportunity that does not do enough to give hope to the 14.6% of people unemployed. Deputy Calleary said: “429,000 people are looking to this plan for hope and I’m afraid they will be sorely disappointed. “This government was elected on a promise to create 100,000 jobs but the cold reality of its own projections is that they only expect the number of people at work to grow by 18,000 by the end of 2015. “This Action Plan is all about spin and lacks the fundamental reforms needed to […]

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