Saturday 17 November 2018

Down in the doldrums in Donegal

Uncertain future: women leaving the Hospira plant in Donegal this week at the end of a shift.
Uncertain future: women leaving the Hospira plant in Donegal this week at the end of a shift.

Hospira has announced it is moving to Central America, throwing 560 people out of work... now the spectre of emigration is once again haunting the north-west, writes Marese McDonagh in Donegal

A chemist in Killybegs recently noticed that demand for passport photographs was soaring. Local businessman Tadgh Gallagher didn't need to be told why. Having cut his workforce at the fish processing plant from about 200 two years ago to 80 at the height of the season, he says young people are on the move again.

Donegal is now bracing itself for another wave of emigration. This week's devastating blow to 560 Hospira workers, who will be out of work from December 2006, has added to the sense of hopelessness in a county which is running out of employment options.

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