asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he is aware of the possibility of the closure of a factory (name supplied) at Kill o' the Grange, County Dublin, owing to rationalisation; and if he will ensure that adequate measures be taken at this time to re-employ those who become redundant by the creation of some new enterprise sited at the industrial estate, Pottery Road, Dún Laoghaire or at some other suitable site; and if he will make a general statement on the matter.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dún Laoghaire Industrial Estate.
I have been in touch with the Management concerned and I have been informed that there are no immediate plans to close this factory. A decision on the matter would depend upon the effect on the industry of the growth of the economy and may not be taken for some years. I have been assured that there will be full consultation between the Management and the Trade Unions concerned at the appropriate time.
My information is that the employees received notification of the intention of the management to rationalise, to use the fashionable word, and to move elsewhere. The Minister can appreciate the concern of the employees in the matter.
I can. In fact, I think the proposals in this regard were made public but, as I have said, no decision has been made. The general lines on which the rationalisation might be approached were indicated, but no firm decision on the closing of the factory has been taken. It is indeed, unlikely to be taken, if it is taken at all, for some years and, as I have said, there will be the fullest consultation between the management and the trade unions concerned if, and when, this arises.
asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce the number of factories and the nature of their business at the industrial estate, Pottery Road, Dún Laoghaire.
I understand that there are five factories in operation on the Industrial Estate at Pottery Road, Dún Laoghaire. The products include furniture, surgical dressings, aluminium scaffolding, ladies' blouses and dresses and laboratory and technical services for chemical industries.