Irish pork plant up in smoke
A total of 280 jobs may be at risk, as a result of a
blazing fire in the early hours on Sunday at the Glanbia Meat
plant in Edenberry, Ireland.
The pigmeat processing plant was destroyed in the fire
which forced production to come to a halt. Irish farmers are to export finished
live pigs for the first time in 70 years.
Former food minister and large-scale pig
farmer, Ned O'Keeffe, said that the fire at the plant highlighted the
catastrophic trend in recent years whereby Enterprise Ireland has stood by while
strategic pig slaughter plants were successively closed.
"We have a requirement in Ireland for 50,000 pigs to be slaughtered each week - but
Enterprise Ireland have done absolutely nothing, he added.â€
The plant's managers said that they cannot comment on any
future plans. However, a short term contingency plan is currently underway for
customers, employees and suppliers.
Employees are to attend a
management meeting; and are being issued with a protective notice. Glanbia
supplies 50% of the Irish pigmeat market.
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