Local TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has expressed his dismay at the decision by Bristol Myers Squibb to close its plant in Blanchardstown and a unit in Swords with the loss of 160 jobs.
“This is a deep blow for the staff affected at the two Bristol Myers Squibb sites. It’s a hugely disappointing development to lose both the Cruiserath plant and the Swords unit and I want to extend my concerns and sympathies to the staff and their families,” Minister Varadkar said.
“There is some limited consolation for staff as the Cruiserath plant will continue operating until the second half of 2015, although the positions will still be lost. It will at least give employees some time to seek alternative employment.
“In the meantime, it’s important that the State agencies give full assistance to help the staff find alternative positions. It’s also crucial that Enterprise Ireland and the IDA start looking immediately for a potential buyer for the two facilities, both of which have considerable potential for a new investor.”