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Post date: 09/06/2011 - 00:04

Fear of Job Loses at Harp

fears of job losses at the Diageo Dundalk brewery surfaced this week as the company took another step towards creating a 'super brewery' in Dublin.

Diageo, which announced a 3% drop in profits last week, confirmed they have lodged a planning application for a major development at their world famous St. James' Gate brewery site, where a €100 million-plus investment has been mooted.

But the impact of such plans on existing Diageos sites, including Dundalk, hasn't yet been made clear.

fears of job losses at the Diageo Dundalk brewery surfaced this week as the company took another step towards creating a 'super brewery' in Dublin.

Diageo, which announced a 3% drop in profits last week, confirmed they have lodged a planning application for a major development at their world famous St. James' Gate brewery site, where a €100 million-plus investment has been mooted.

But the impact of such plans on existing Diageos sites, including Dundalk, hasn't yet been made clear.

' The news that the company is advancing its plans by lodging planning permission is an indication of their long term plans,' said Willie Quigley, Unite spokesman, the union which represents the majority of workers at the Carrick Road brewery.

'As yet we are not aware of a timeframe for the proposed development in Dublin, and I'm sure that will very much depend on the planning process.'

'But our members have been informed of the news over the last few weeks, and we await further developments.'

In 2009, Diageo announced plans for an ambitious €650 million overhaul of its brewing activities in Ireland.

This involved closing long-established breweries in Kilkenny and Dundalk by the end of 2012 and reducing capacity at St. James's Gate.

The plan was put on ice in January 2010 due to the impact of the recession on beer sales and the collapse in the property market.

' There has been no further news for staff in Dundalk, about the future of the brewery here, which would obviously be of huge local significance, given that it is the last brewery in town.

'But UNITE, along with the other unions, will be working to ensure that if any closures are planned, that we will secure re-deployment for staff, and for those who do not want to be redeployed, the very best redundancy deal,' added Willie.