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Pfizer job cuts another blow to healthcare manufacturing sector

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The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has raised concerns that the government is sleepwalking through an emerging crisis in the healthcare manufacturing sector after three major employers announced job cuts in less than a week. “The loss of 150 jobs at Pfizer in Newbridge comes as another blow to the healthcare manufacturing sector in Ireland.  Pfizer is a major employer in one of the most high value sectors in this country. This is an extremely difficult day for the staff in Newbridge and their families, particularly in the lead up to Christmas,” said Deputy Calleary. “Pfizer is the third company in the healthcare manufacturing sector to announce large […]

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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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415,000 reasons for a pro-jobs budget

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Dara Calleary TD, says the latest CSO job figures reinforce his call for a pro-jobs budget next month. Figures releases by the CSO reveal that 415,000 people in Ireland were on the Live Register at the end of August. “The latest CSO statistics highlight the importance of jobs and job creation in the budget. We need to see practical job creation measures introduced by Minister Richard Bruton next month. “It is also imperative that the capital budget is not only protected in the budget but expanded. Investing in capital projects will result in immediate job creation in the construction sector, which we all know has […]

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Employment growth welcome but recovery under threat from mortgage crisis and lack of SME lending

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Dara Calleary has warned that the limited progress that has been made in getting people back to work will be further hampered by the ongoing credit squeeze for small businesses as well as the mortgage crisis. Deputy Calleary commented: “I welcome the figures from the Central Statistics Office today which show the number of people in employment rose by almost 34,000 in the year to June.  Any progress in easing the jobs crisis has to be welcomed.  However alongside this news today we see figures from the Central Bank which show lending to small businesses fell again in the second quarter of this […]

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Govt Continues to Bury its Head in the Sand over Crisis in Retail Sector – FF

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Dara Calleary TD, says the government continues to ignore the growing crisis in the retail sector. Deputy Calleary was reacting to the announcement today by retailer Marks and Spencer that it will close four of its stores nationwide with the loss of 180 jobs. “My thoughts are with the 180 staff at Marks and Spencer and their families at this difficult and challenging time,” said Deputy Calleary. “In the past number of months we have seen multinational retailers like HMV, B&Q and Homebase close stores throughout the country. These companies are globally profitable and there must be serious questions asked as to […]

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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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Calleary seeks clarity on pay & conditions for REA workers

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Dara Calleary has sought clarity on the pay and conditions of workers currently covered by Registered Employment Agreements (REAs) Deputy Calleary commented, “This Supreme Court ruling affects tens of thousands of workers who have been covered by REAs until now.  There is still confusion over whether those currently covered under existing contracts will see a forced reduction in pay and conditions as a result of this decision. “I welcome a move beyond outdated employment agreements that were set decades ago, in the absence of other protections for workers.  However, we cannot allow a free-for-all for employers as a result of this ruling.  I […]

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Relief for B&Q staff but threats to retail sector remain – Calleary

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Dara Calleary has welcomed the news that 640 jobs will be saved at DIY chain B&Q, but has cautioned that the ongoing threat to retailers cannot be ignored. “This is a huge relief to the 640 workers at B&Q and their families.  It is also a relief to the chain’s loyal customer base in Ireland and to the communities in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Athlone and Naas that benefit from these stores keeping their doors open,” said Deputy Calleary. “The deal to save B&Q includes a substantial investment from its parent company and a significant reduction in rents.  While it is welcome that a […]

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Creating employment by driving enterprise – Dara Calleary, FF Ard Fhéis, April 27 2013

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Delegates, Oireachtas colleagues, Councillors, ladies and gentlemen I want to thank you for your participation and involvement in this morning’s workshop. I want to especially thank Gina Quinn and Tara Buckley for giving up their Saturday to share their expertise and insights with us-I hope you will all agree that they have added significantly to our debate this morning. I want to thank my colleagues John McGuinness & Senator Mary White for their input today but also on an ongoing basis. They bring practical experience to the table with histories of been job creators themselves in a range of successful businesses. Creating employment-Our greatest challenge The greatest failure of this […]

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