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Blaney slates "distasteful" remarks 13.02.08

DEPUTY Niall Blaney has hit out at Deputy Joe McHugh saying his recent comments on Donegal's economy were "distasteful and potentially damaging".
Deputy McHugh of Fine Gael claimed the loss of 14 jobs at the Oatfield sweet factory boded badly for the county and he blamed the Government for not doing enough to secure jobs in Donegal.
Deputy Blaney said he too was very disappointed to hear that 14 workers are to be laid off at Oatfield's and had already been in touch with the company to offer his assistance to the workers. He said he had also spoken to Enterprise Minister Michéal Martin about the issue.
Deputy Blaney said: "As Deputy McHugh knows, these job losses are a result of factors which are entirely out of the Government's control. They are a result of currency issues and market changes.
"The Government, or indeed Fianna Fáil, cannot control global market forces or indeed the changing demands of Irish consumers."
He said the fluctuating sterling and dollar and a decrease in demand for the Oatfield products were the reason for the cut backs.
"Management at Oatfield have assured me that their commitment to Donegal is solid and that, depending on currency changes and an increase in demand for their products, they will readily reinstate the positions.
"The fact that Deputy McHugh would use this difficult time for them to have a go at the Government is quite distasteful in my opinion," he said.
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