Taoiseach offers no assurance for Quinn Group workers

FEARS for thousands of jobs, worldwide in the Quinn Group, would appear to be justified. Although assurances were given three weeks ago on the future of employees following the appointment of share receivers by Anglo Irish Bank, it now seems this only applied to the 1,500 jobs in Quinn Insurance.

FEARS for thousands of jobs, worldwide in the Quinn Group, would appear to be justified. Although assurances were given three weeks ago on the future of employees following the appointment of share receivers by Anglo Irish Bank, it now seems this only applied to the 1,500 jobs in Quinn Insurance.

FEARS for thousands of jobs, worldwide in the Quinn Group, would appear to be justified. Although assurances were given three weeks ago on the future of employees following the appointment of share receivers by Anglo Irish Bank, it now seems this only applied to the 1,500 jobs in Quinn Insurance.

Late last week confirmation came that Liberty Mutual, as expected, was buying a 51 percent stake in the new venture to be formed out of Quinn Insurance’s Irish Customer base. Anglo Irish Bank now retains a 25 percent stake in the company and during his visit to Drumshanbo last week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, confirmed that the 1,500 jobs in Quinn Insurance had been saved.

However it appears this assurance does not include employees in other sectors of the Quinn Group which covers cement, glassworks, packaging and radiators, to name but a few.

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny met with four representatives of the Cavan Fermanagh Leitrim Border Area Community Action Group in Drumshanbo last Friday. Over 100 people joined the Action Group as part of a protest highlighting their concerns about the future of the Quinn Group.

The Action Group presented the Taoiseach with a letter which called for a written response to a number of questions. Foremost amongst their demands was a call for an explanation about the manner and timing of the appointment of the Share Receiver on April 14. The Action Group also demanded an explanation as to why Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, had agreed to meet a delegation of the Quinn Group on the morning when he made the announcement that Anglo had moved on the company. Other demands included a call for an independent audited review of the Anglo proposal and written guarantees to be given to each and every employee North and South of the border, securing their future employment.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.