Monday 22 May 2017

It's a family affair as job fears among locals hit home

ISABEL HURLEY

FOR sisters Celine Shergill and Christine Gilleece, the Quinn crisis couldn't be more real.

With nine children between them, both of their husbands work in Quinn companies -- as do their four brothers and a brother-in-law.

Mrs Shergill from Derrylinn, Co Fermanagh, took part in yesterday's rally in Cavan along with her three children Richard (15), Liam (10) and Lorna (6).

Her husband, Jasminder, worked in the Quinn glass plant for the past 14 years and the couple also have a daughter Catherine (17).

"Quinn is a profitable company. We feel that what is happening is nothing short of disgraceful. It is simply not right to put the jobs of thousands of people in jeopardy," she said.

"There's seven jobs in my immediate family all tied up with Quinn companies. We have huge loyalty to Sean Quinn, we stand behind him 100pc.

"We are shell-shocked at the events of the last week. We are all very worried for the future of our families."

Her sister, Christine Gilleece, from Kinauley attended the rally with her five children, Conor (12), Ciara (11), Cailin (9), Clare (7) and Ciosa (5).

"My husband Declan works in Quinn Lite for the last 15 years. We don't want to end up on benefit, we want our jobs.

"Our four brothers Gerard, Richard, Ronan and Karl Maguire also work for Sean Quinn's companies. Gerard flies the helicopter for Mr Quinn while Richard, Ronan and Karl all work for Quinn Insurance.

"All our futures are tied up with the Quinn Group. Sean Quinn has kept this whole region of Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan going in jobs for years.

"We are calling on the Government to take action to help the situation."

Quinn Insurance worker Pat Clarke, from Killinkere, is married to wife Sarah and the couple have four children, Morgan (16), Richard (15), Sean (14) and Rory (12). He's spent 10 years at the firm and wants the Government to let Quinn sell insurance to the UK.

Irish Independent

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