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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 3 Jul 1986

Vol. 368 No. 10

Written Answers. - Portlaoise Industry.


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.

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.