Sunday 24 September 2017

Redundant workers 'can reapply for jobs' at newly revamped Adare Manor

JP McManus and his daughter, Sue Ann Foley, with Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor at the relaunch of Adare Manor. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
JP McManus and his daughter, Sue Ann Foley, with Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor at the relaunch of Adare Manor. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

David Raleigh

Adare Manor has defended its decision to offer redundancy to many staff during its 18-month renovation period

Yesterday, the five-star hotel and golf resort announced it would offer 300 services industry jobs when it reopens in September.

Horse racing tycoon JP McManus bought the resort for an estimated €30m in 2014. The Limerick billionaire has aspirations to bring the prestigious Ryder Cup golf tournament to the Adare Manor championship golf course, according to reliable sources.

Management said the plush hotel and golf course was expected to contribute in excess of €15m a year to the Limerick economy and recruitment is under way to fill the roles.

A spokesperson for Adare Manor said that prior to the closure for renovations, around 170 people were employed in a full-time, part-time and casual capacity.

"We looked at a range of options and discussed these with the team on a case-by-case basis, with many of them choosing to take a voluntary redundancy package," the spokesperson said.

An artist’s impression of the refurbished State room. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
An artist’s impression of the refurbished State room. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Adare Manor CEO Colm Hannon said that when the redevelopment began, they discussed the plan with staff.

"When we started the development we knew the length of time that it was going to be going on for; that was 18 months, so (employees) were offered a voluntary redundancy package, which the majority of people went for, and they received their payment," he said. "But the door was left open to all of them for the future and everybody can reapply here once we start advertising for all the positions.

"The most important thing for us is that we get the right people for the right jobs, for the future. Many people did go overseas - they took it as an opportunity to travel and get further experience; some of them went back home for family and friends; others decided to do a study break.

"We've kept on our green keeping team, so they are still employed here, and a core of our sales and admin function are still employed and will continue to be."

An artist’s impression of the refurbished Drawing room. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
An artist’s impression of the refurbished Drawing room. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

The JP McManus Invitational Pro Am, which will host the world's top golfers and Hollywood A-List movie stars and celebrities, returns next year following a break. The event has previously raised more than €100m for charities across the Mid-West region.

The jobs announcement will see 350 people in total employed full time at the resort from senior leadership roles, to bar staff and laundry workers. Additionally, and for the past 12 months, 670 construction employees have been working daily on the massive restoration (inset).

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor said the revamped Adare Manor would be "a huge boost" for the economy and tourism.

The existing Manor House will enjoy a new state-of-the-art spa, pool, relaxation area, boardroom, cinema and an expanded bedroom wing.

For the past 12 months, 670 construction employees have been working daily on the massive restoration
For the past 12 months, 670 construction employees have been working daily on the massive restoration

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