Monday 23 October 2017

Workers left with sinking feeling for city's future

The Talk Talk plant closure calls for action in a city that has always lacked political clout, writes Eamon Keane

Five hundred and seventy five decent, hardworking people. The life pulled out of them one Tuesday afternoon. As I head into Waterford city an unforgiving rain clouds my path. You can't though miss the old Waterford Crystal plant at the Kilbarry roundabout on the edge of the city. It lies idle, a mute testament to the decline and neglect of Ireland's forgotten city.

Minutes later I pull up outside the Talk Talk plant on the IDA Industrial Estate. Workers gather together talking in little groups.

Alan Nolan was one of those who lost their jobs. He got married in Portugal last June. "On my wedding day I never thought this could happen. Everything was rosy. I've a baby 10 months old and a mortgage. My wife is working short time as her company is in receivership. The Government steps in for the banks and the Nama boys. If they can do it for bigger corporations why can't they do it for the man in the street?''

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