There is shock in Ballaghaderreen and surrounding areas following the news that Exclusive Cigar Manufacturers Ireland (ECMI) could close it’s plant later this year.
The 38 staff were informed today that they will face redundancy next month unless an alternative to the closure of the plant is found.
Commenting on the new Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said
“I am dismayed at the news that 38 people are to lose their jobs at the ECMI Cigar plant in Ballaghaderreen. It is a huge jobs blow to the region and I will be seeking a meeting with the management of the plant to find out what their exact plans are for the closure and for the premises going forward.The fact that the redundancies will come into effect starting as early as May 15th gives little time for the planned consultation with the employees at the plant” he said.
“Having been a solid employer in the town of Ballaghaderreen since 1978, the closure of one of the biggest private employers in West Roscommon is a huge shock to the economy of the area and a massive blow to the 38 people involved and I am calling on jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor to make an immediate statement on the matter. I will also be asking that Enterprise Ireland and the IDA prioritise the Ballaghaderreen area for alternative and additional employment as soon as possible” he concluded.