Printing business in limbo over contract
IN business since 1839, Black's Printers is an iconic name in the printing trade in the north midlands.
A quick tour of their spotless printing works on Church Street in Cavan town shows evidence of their biggest client everywhere.
Huge bundles of neatly stacked stationery with the famous logo emblazoned on it were on pallets and shelves, as were countless brochures and catalogues.
The company prints the Quinn Insurance stationary and brochures that wing their way into thousands of homes all around the country.
Managing director Brian Lynch and director Malcolm Lowry told the Irish Independent that Quinn Insurance was one of their largest contracts.
"Quinn is very important to us, it's a very significant contract for us,'' said Mr Lynch.
Mr Lowry added: "Like everyone else, we are in a bit of a limbo at present, waiting for the news about the job losses at Quinn like everyone else.''
Blacks Printers said it had always found dealing with Sean Quinn a pleasure.
"He's a very sound man, very decent.
"He lives in Ireland, he isn't a tax exile, he pays his taxes here and is a person who has created thousands of jobs in an area that has been deprived of jobs for decades,'' they said.
Meanwhile, workers at MDL Financial Services in Cavan town Leanne Conaty and Eveleen Smith both got their first jobs in Quinn Insurance.
Ms Conaty's brothers John and Daniel still work for Quinn Insurance as does Ms Smith's brother Dermot, while their colleague Deirdre O'Gorman has a sister who also works for the Quinn hotel group.
"I got my first summer job at Quinn Insurance. It gave me experience and help put me on the map,'' said Ms Conaty.