Wednesday 1 March 2017

Let company get back to making money, say staff

Isabel Hurley

"WHY stand down the winners and bail out the losers?''

The posters said it all at the second Quinn protest rally to bring Cavan town to a standstill in only 30 hours.

They arrived in bus loads from across Cavan, Leitrim, Fermanagh and Monaghan and filled the Market Square to capacity. Thousands of people but with just one stark message -- Save Our Jobs.

There was ear-splitting applause from the crowd as the director of Cavan Chamber of Commerce, publican Donal Keoghan, delivered a stern message for Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Green Party leader John Gormley. "Stand up and be counted and stop using Sean Quinn and his employees as scapegoats for the mistakes made. We will not stand idly by and let this happen as a community,'' he thundered.

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council Winston Bennett (FG) called on the Government to "give him (Sean Quinn) back his tools so he can start making money again''. Cavan Chamber president Eamon McDwyer estimated the monthly wage bill for Quinn Insurance's 2,800 staff brings €15m to the local economy.

"We fully appreciate the contribution Quinn employees make to life in Cavan town and we pledge our full support to you,'' McDwyer told the crowd before calling on the Government to "restore Quinn Insurance to the heart of the Quinn Group and save thousands of jobs''.

"This is our darkest hour,'' Dessie Hughes told the crowd.

"Once these jobs go, they will never come back. Sean Quinn worked hard for this region. Now we need to stand up for him because this is just wrong. To every public representative in office, remember, we put you in office.''

Irish Independent

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