asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce his views on 28 workers in Portlaoise, County Laois, textile industry who lost jobs when the factory closed its doors on 5 June 1986; if he will take steps to have this factory reopened, or an alternative industry funded for the displaced workers; if he will ask the IDA to concern themselves in this urgent problem in a town which already has excessive unemployment; and if he will make a statement in the matter.
Written Answers. - Portlaoise Industry.
Limerick East): I regret the loss of employment which has arisen at the textile factory in question in Portlaoise. I understand that the IDA is intensifying its efforts, in co-operation with the owners of the factory, to find a suitable replacement project.
The IDA recently arranged an industrial promotion seminar in Portlaoise and has also provided a walk-in centre in the town with a view to attracting new industry to the area.