Monday 27 February 2017

C&C shuts down bottling plant in Tipperary with loss of up to 124 jobs

Wayne O'Connor and John Mulligan

The C&C plant in Borrisoleigh, Tipperary. Photo: Fergal Shanahan
The C&C plant in Borrisoleigh, Tipperary. Photo: Fergal Shanahan

A tight-knit community in Co Tipperary will be "crippled" by C&C's plans to close its water bottling facility, a local councillor warned.

Up to 124 jobs will be lost at the plant in Borrisoleigh, with another 20 jobs lost at depots in Portlaoise and New Ross.

But C&C, whose brands include Bulmers cider, said it will create 80 jobs at its manufacturing site in Clonmel, which will become the core production facility for Bulmers and Magners cider following a €10m investment. It will also create 10 new jobs at a depot in Kilkenny.

Siptu organiser Terry Bryan said workers in Tipperary were in shock after management broke the news yesterday afternoon.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Jackie Cahill said he was angry and frustrated with the announcement.

"A small village like Borrisoleigh could be crippled by this loss," he said.

C&C said it will work to provide support, training, and, where possible, alternative employment.

Today, the Coalition will launch a plan to get 50,000 long-term unemployed back to work and increase the workforce to 2.2 million.

Irish Independent

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