Wednesday 26 July 2017

'Oscars' presented to Government to stop Ardmore sale

Pat Casey outside Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Pat Casey outside Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Dean Grey

Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey presented Oscars to members of the Government yesterday over its decision to sell a shareholding in Ardmore.

Hundreds of jobs will be lost in the Irish film industry unless the Government reverses its decision to sell its 32pc shareholding.

The Wicklow TD has called on the Government to immediately withdraw from the sale process and protect jobs at the studio famous for blockbuster movies including 'Michael Collins' and 'Dancing at Lughnasa'.

"The film industry is a key plank to the economic development of the region, with up to 500 full-time jobs associated with Ardmore when it is at full capacity and thousands more part time and seasonal jobs. It has been at full capacity for the past two years, earning profits of €1.5m and €1.6m," said Mr Casey.

"If this goes ahead, it will contradict the Government's stated commitment to developing film in four initiatives, the review by Heather Humphreys into the economic potential of film; the launch of Creative Ireland; the Mid East Action Plan on Jobs; and the Rural Action Plan."

Irish Independent

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