Threat to future of West Roscommon cigar plant

‘Major job losses unless alternative operation can be found.’

Sligo News File Online.

Nearly 40 jobs could be lost at the ECMI Cigar Plant in Ballaghaderreen.

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Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

It’s believed workers were told of the possible lay offs unless an alternative to the closure of the plant can be found.

ECMI has been based in the town for almost 40 years.

Local TD Michael Fitzmaurice has described the possible 38 job losses as “a huge blow to the region.”

He said, “The fact that the redundancies will come into effect starting as early as May 15th gives little time for the planned consultation with the employees at the plant.

Deputy Fitzmaurice said he will be calling on Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor to make immediate statement on the matter

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The company has been “a solid employer” in the town of Ballaghaderreen since 1978, he said.

The threatened closure of what is one of the biggest private employers in West Roscommon is “a huge shock to the economy of the area and a massive blow to the 38 people involved.

“I will be asking Enterprise Ireland and the IDA to prioritise the Ballaghaderreen area for alternative and additional employment as soon as possible.”