Urgent meeting of Dáil Committee sought to address Carrick job threat

In Business & Jobs by Denis Naughten

Equivalent of 30,000 jobs on line-Naughten

22nd August, 2011

Local TD, Denis Naughten has sought an urgent meeting of the Dáil Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education to discuss the concerns surrounding the plans by Bank of America to dispose of its credit card operation in Carrick on Shannon.

The 740 jobs in Carrick on Shannon are, on a population basis, equivalent to 30,000 jobs in Dublin, and as such this threat must be given the utmost priority by Government.

While I welcome the announcement by Minister Bruton that he is to meet with senior management of Bank of America in the US next month, I believe that it is imperative that the Joint Oireachtas Committee calls both Minister Bruton & the IDA before it, as soon as possible, so that they can outline in detail the measures which are being taken to seek a new owner for the Carrick on Shannon operation.

I have made direct contact with the Committee Clerk, seeking an urgent meeting of the Dáil Committee and I have also been in contact with Minister Bruton’s office outlining the impact to the local economy if the Bank of America operation were to be relocated.