Jobs in the bal­ance at Shil­le­lagh plant

Bray People - - Pork Crisis -

THE PORK MEAT scare which has spread through­out the coun­try this week has im­pacted in many ar­eas. How­ever, at a Shil­le­lagh meat pack­ing fa­cil­ity ef­forts have been made to en­sure that no jobs will be lost if at all pos­si­ble.

In the re­gion of 800 em­ploy­ees at the Kerry Foods plant have been on ten­ter­hooks in re­cent days as they have con­tin­ued to man the work­place by gath­er­ing re­called meat prod­ucts and sourc­ing clear pork to process.

Ac­cord­ing to Di­rec­tor of Cor­po­rate Af­fairs for Kerry Group, Frank Hayes, the main aim of the com­pany is to ac­cess stock which staff can work on.

‘ So far we have main­tained em­ploy­ment at the Shil­le­lagh plant and our aim is to get some clear stock back into pro­duc­tion by the end of this week. At present dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing re­gard­ing this so we are await­ing de­vel­op­ment to see when we can com­mence work again.’

‘We are do­ing our best in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances and to date the scare hasn’t im­pacted on staff lev­els,’ added Mr. Hayes.

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