Speech under Order of Business re Quinn Group dated 12 Jan 2011

Sitting Time 15:05
Sitting Date 12/01/2011

Order of Business

Senator Joe O’Reilly: Will the Leader invite the Minister for Finance, Deputy Brian Lenihan, to the House for a special debate on the grave fears regarding 497 jobs in Quinn Direct in Cavan and a further range of jobs that depend on them?
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As we speak, the administrators of Direct are in the process of—–

An Cathaoirleach: That is on the Adjournment and I presume if you contact Senator Wilson, he will afford you some time.

Senator Joe O’Reilly: Yes. As I speak, the administrators of Direct are in the process of selling it. What has happened to the deal proposed by the board of the company? That deal would have saved the taxpayers money and saved the jobs. It is crucial to maintaining the business in that area. Why is the deal no longer on the table? Will the Minister explain that? I want the Leader to give us assurances that every conceivable effort is being made at the highest level to preserve the jobs of the young people in Cavan. They need these jobs. The entire economy of that region is at risk. The lives of people there are at risk. It is a crisis. I appreciate your indulgence, a Chathaoirligh, but it is an absolute crisis for that community.

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