Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen is to meet the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte and Bord na Móna CEO Gabriel Darcy next Wednesday (September 26) to discuss the company’s future.
“It is a relief that Minister Rabbitte is now finally taking this extremely important issue seriously,” said Deputy Cowen.
“It is weeks since I first requested a meeting with the Minister to discuss my fears of impending job losses and cutbacks at Bord na Móna after the worst harvest in history. While it’s disappointing that the Minister failed to take any interest in the matter before job losses were announced, I am relieved that he has finally agreed to this meeting.
“I want clarification from Minister Rabbitte if he believes the restructuring plan announced this week is fair and proportionate. More than 100 workers have lost their jobs and a further 90 have had their hours severely cut. The remaining Bord na Móna staff right across the country are extremely worried about the future, and the Minister must seek to provide them with some degree of certainty. I also want confirmation that the ongoing reviews of the Bord na Móna group will not result in further job losses.
“Given the important role that Bord na Móna plays in our economy, it is important that Minister Rabbitte does everything in his power to safeguard jobs at the company. I will be seeking a commitment from the Minister at next week’s meeting.”