Sunday 27 May 2018

Bookmaker to axe 85 workers as shops shut

Fiona Ellis

SOME 85 jobs are to be lost when the bookmaking chain William Hill closes 20 shops.

The decision affects shops in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Tralee and Wexford -- with the closures scheduled to happen in March.

A spokesman for William Hill said alternative employment would be offered wherever possible but it was doubtful that everyone from the closed shops would be accommodated.

"It will be unlikely that everyone will move to new shops; some may be staying within the betting sector or moving into new areas," said Tony Kelly, head of public relations for the bookmaker.

Staff who want to stay on in the company will be interviewed for available jobs. The employees' jobs in the remaining 15 William Hill shops, located in Dublin, Galway, Wicklow and Tullamore, are safe for now, says the bookmakers. "It doesn't affect any of the other Irish shops -- although in the UK as well, shops are closed every year so it all depends on the profitability of the shops," Mr Kelly said.

"The shops which are closing were loss-makers," he added.

Meanwhile, 75 new manufacturing jobs are to be created in Co Donegal over the next three years as part of a €10m investment by US firm Zeus Industrial Products.

The company unveiled plans to expand its Letterkenny-based plant where 100 people are already employed.

The company is a leading developer of polymer tubing for a range of medical, industrial and engineering applications.

Tanaiste Mary Coughlan said the company's decision to expand its operation in Letterkenny was "testament to the availability of a highly skilled workforce in the north-west region, the performance of its existing staff and the ease of doing business in Ireland."

Irish Independent

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