Efforts continue to secure
alternative investor for MBNA

Efforts are continuing to secure an alternative employer for MBNA business in Carrick-on-Shannon before staff are let go in November.

Efforts are continuing to secure an alternative employer for MBNA business in Carrick-on-Shannon before staff are let go in November.

The IDA and Enterprise Ireland met with CEO of Leitrim County Council Frank Curran and Leitrim Enterprise last week in MBNA offices to discuss plans and developments for the facility.

The IDA visit came after it was last week revealed that the group had only visited the county once from January to June this year, despite the Government saying action was being taken to secure an alternate employer for MBNA.

Independent Deputy Denis Naughten asked in the Dáil last week, what steps are being taken to source an alternative employer for the MBNA staff.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said “A series of actions has and continue to be implemented by local and national agencies to source an alternative employer and find alternative employment for those impacted by the MBNA announcement.”

He outlined that an “inter-agency group, led by Enterprise Ireland, has been formed and this group will provide a coordinated approach to the needs of the affected staff and ensure that all necessary steps are put in train to pursue an alternative investor.”

Minister Bruton also said that the MBNA staff’s details and skills have been collated and a marketing pack for potential investors has been produced. He also said the global IDA team continue to market the MBNA facility and Enterprise Ireland is marketing the facility to its client base.

Minister Bruton stated, “There have been a small number of preliminary enquiries about the facility, both from foreign owned and Irish owned businesses but it is too early in the process to be specific about their potential.

The department said work by the inter-agency group will continue and IDA and Enterprise Ireland will work to market the MBNA facility to a range of potential investors and to respond to requests for information from potential interested parties.

Figures in relation to the IDA last week showed that the agency supported 31 jobs in Leitrim last year. The figures for job creation in 2014 are not currently available.