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Wednesday 17 July 2019

Aurivo is urged to save Achonry jobs

A South Sligo action group plans to give Aurivo Co-op " a wake-up call" in a last ditch bid to keep 23 jobs at the Achonry plant.

A huge turn out was expected in St Nathy's Hall, Mullinabreena last night as local farmers and workers from Achonry Action Group gathered to step up their campaign to "keep the Gold in Connacht." The company announced last November that it was transferring the butter packing to a facility in Mitchelstown, Co Cork operated by Ornua, the owners of the Kerrygold brand in which Aurivo is a significant shareholder. Aurivo CEO Aaron Forde is also the chairman of Ornua. Mr Forde refused an invitation to attend a Sligo County Council meeting to explain the decision.

Yesterday Chairman of the Achonry Action group Tony Hession and Fr Paul Kivlehan told councillors that locally produced butter would be sent down to Cork to "come under their control.""They're going to take the equipment and re-assemble it in Cork. The cream will be taken by tanker down to Mitchellstown and taken back up to Achonry," Mr Hession said.

"The people have no control in this Co-op any more. We'll have the hall full in Mullinabreena and we'll have one representative from the Co-op. For God's sake let's stand up for ourselves," he said.

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