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Not so sweet news for Donegal 11.02.08

THE future of industry in Donegal is at risk following the lay-offs announced at the Oatfield sweet factory, according to Deputy Joe McHugh.
Oatfield’s, operational since 1927, announced on Friday that 14 workers would be made redundant under rationalisation plans due to the recent downturn in the economy.
“These job losses are a blow to the town of Letterkenny and my thoughts are with those who lost their jobs and their families," said Deputy McHugh.
"Letterkenny has lost 14 jobs, which was necessary for the company in light of recent market changes. If this downsizing is necessary in other industries, Donegal will suffer massive losses. The county is lacking in high-tech, high-value jobs and in the current climate, we will suffer."
The Fine Gael T.D., urged the Government to "take action" rather than commission  
Fine Gael Deputy Joe McHugh.
"Fianna Fáil’s inept handling of the economy is at the heart of the problems facing us and action is long overdue.
"At the very least both those in work and those unemployed must be given the chance to gain the necessary qualifications to seek employment.
"I urge Enterprise Minister Michéal Martin to look at proposals by my Fine Gael colleague Leo Varadkar and initiate a national up-skilling programme targeted at the unemployed, under-employed and people in low skilled jobs."
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