Hope for jobless haulage workers
MOST OF the 100 workers facing redundancy after a major haulage company folded may be rehired by a firm that is taking over its former clients.
Liam Carroll Transport Group, based in Thurles, Co Tipperary, said it would cease trading with immediate effect due to bad debts and the economic downturn.
But part of its 100-strong workforce may be recruited by another transport firm that hopes to pick up some of its former business.
Masterlink Logistics, located in Dublin, Cork and Galway, confirmed yesterday that it would be recruiting 80 people as a direct result of the closure.
But there is no guarantee that the jobs will go to the former Liam Carroll workforce.
"Masterlink Logistics will focus on providing services to some of the affected contracts and therefore is expecting to be in a position to be recruiting for in excess of 80 positions across administration, warehouse operatives and driving personnel," said a spokesperson at Masterlink.
"It was with regret that we learned of the closure of Liam Carroll Transport Group. I'm sure that it comes as a huge disappointment to Mr Carroll, his family and his dedicated workforce.
"Liam Carroll is a well respected operator within the industry and his company was well established."
North Tipperary deputy Michael Lowry said it was a sad day for Thurles.
Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan blamed government policies for "crushing" businesses.
"Expensive diesel levies and the carbon tax have crippled legitimate haulage companies and hammered agriculture.
Owner Liam Carroll said he was deeply saddened by his company's closure and job losses.