Deputy Munster said:
“Coca Cola have said that they are looking for opportunities to think innovatively, but by this they clearly mean that they are outsourcing to third party providers at the expense of workers in Drogheda.
“Coca Cola announced an investment of €26m in its plant in Ballina last September. The company has been part of the fabric of Drogheda for many decades and a mainstay for employment over that time. This news is distressing for the people of the town and I am deeply concerned at the announcement that 65 jobs will be lost.
“The people of Drogheda are sick and tired of the lack of effort and commitment that this government and the IDA have put in to date to attract new jobs and investment for our town.
“This is deeply distressing news for the workers, their families and indeed for the local economy.
“When the review was announced in January, I contacted both the Minister and the IDA, asking them to intervene to try to save these jobs. I have contacted Minister Humphreys and the IDA again, because things have to change. We need to see and feel the benefit of both the government’s and the IDA’s focused attention being put on to Drogheda.
“I am calling on the government and the IDA to start fighting for jobs in this town. Drogheda has lost out enough over the years and has massive underinvestment as it stands, which makes it even more imperative that we retain the jobs we have.”