Pre Christmas redundancies


Due to downturn in economy say firms


In Galway, Limerick and Kilkenny, job losses are being reported as companies reduce staff or close permanently.


Thermo King, NN Euroball and Filtertek are all shedding staff in another round of job losses announced today.  In Galway, the Thermo King’s plant at Mervue plans to lay off 110 of its 600-strong workforce.  The manufacture of refrigeration equipment for the European transport industry has been in operation in the plant for over thirty years.


Ball bearing manufacturer NN Euroball, based in Co Kilkenny, are set to close, leaving 70 staff to join the list of jobless this year.  An American owned company, it has produced high-precision metal bearing components for the motor industry since 1997.


Co Limerick’s water filtration company Filtertek announced redundancies for 59 of its total of 99 employees.


Brothers of Charity Services at the Bawnmore residential centre in Limerick city are similarly making 30 staff members redundant because of a lack of funding from the HSE, totalling €1.5 million.

The workers are employed to cater for the needs of 110 adults with intellectual disabilities. Another 30 staff members may be laid off in 2009.


Retail Sector


Mr. Simon Burke, Superquinn chief Executive, has reported that retail sales figures for the last week were the worst in ten years and has predicted the possibility of major job cuts at Superquinn after Christmas.













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