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'They could have given a warning'

Published 09/09/2011 | 05:00

The Government admitted yesterday it was powerless to stop other companies from giving short notice of redundancies, in the wake of Talk Talk's shock pullout in Waterford.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny's led the criticism of management of Talk Talk for the short notice given to its workers.

Mr Kenny, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and IDA chief executive Barry O'Leary all criticised it for its lack of "corporate courtesy".

The Government is calling on Talk Talk management to delay its withdrawal at a cost of 575 jobs.

The IDA is looking for alternative companies to take over the operation. Mr Bruton will travel to Waterford on Monday to meet staff, management and local politicians about the closure.

But he ruled out drawing up any firm set of rules for companies when announcing redundancies.

Mr Kenny said the company's failure to give more notice meant the IDA didn't have the time to look for alternative companies to take it over.

"They could have at least have given a signal to authorities and to the Government that they were considering a change," he said.

Irish Independent

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