Tomorrow (Tuesday) Local TD Denis Naughten will take the issue of the Aptar job losses directly to the floor of Dáil Éireann, where he will question Leo Varadkar on the need for him to take personal ownership of actions to secure replacement jobs for the town of Ballinasloe.
“Since last June when Aptar took the decision to review its operation in the town I have consistently highlight the need for a pro-active approach to be taken by Government,” explained Denis Naughten. “I am disappointed that not only has the Government been unable to save the Aptar operation and protect local jobs, but I fail to see what measures have been taken over the last two months to help secure alternative sources of employment for the 115 workers.
“While I do accept that the Tánaiste & Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment has acted on my requests for action over the last number of months, we now need to see real progress.
“Tomorrow I will again press the Tánaiste to chair a meeting of all State agencies, as well as the two Local Authorities in Galway and Roscommon, to implement a co-ordinated strategy for Ballinasloe.
“I have already pointed out to Minister Varadkar how it is hugely frustrating that Ballinasloe always seems to be just one positive decision away from unlocking its full potential. As a result, I believe what is now needed is a focused strategy for the town of Ballinasloe involving all the State bodies working with the outgoing management of Aptar, the landlords, as well as exploring the full potential of the St. Brigid’s Hospital campus.
“The town also has huge potential to become the recreational tourism crossroads of Ireland with the north-south Beara Breffni way walking route, which secured additional Government funding during the summer and €8m secured this week for the proposed Athlone-Galway greenway intersecting in Ballinasloe,” concluded Denis Naughten.
Link to the reimagining St. Brigid’s report:https://denisnaughten.ie/2018/07/06/reimagining-st-brigids-report/