Politicians call for action to save jobs at Quinn
Opposition party Fine Gael called for the massive redundancy plan to be reconsidered and for a decision on reopening more UK business to be fast-tracked.
The party's labour affairs spokesman, Damien English, Cavan/Monaghan TD Seymour Crawford and Meath East TD Shane McEntee said towns and communities with large Quinn workforces would be devastated.
In a joint statement, they said: "The sheer number of redundancies proposed will have a serious knock-on effect in these areas and job losses in other sectors are bound to follow.
"Reopening more sections of the UK market to Quinn would in turn save more jobs. Fine Gael is therefore urging him to fast-track a decision on these other products as soon as possible."
Meanwhile, Michelle Gildernew, Sinn Fein MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone, where Quinn is a big employer, said reports of looming job losses spread fear and confusion.
"At this stage, it is vital that both the (Northern Ireland) executive and the Dublin government act swiftly to ensure that these jobs are saved and that a programme is put in place to ensure that already highly skilled workers who are forced to leave Quinn Insurance have the maximum chance of finding alternative employment," she said.