The Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council says that the county has not received its fair share of interest investment or support from State agencies.
Eugene Cummins made the criticism during a special discussion on the announcement that the former ECMI cigar factory in Ballaghadereen is to close with the loss of 38 jobs.
Roscommon owned, Exclusive Cigar Manufacturers Ireland had been making cigars in Ballaghaderreen since 1978 but it was acquired by J Cortes at the start of the year.
Earlier this month, the Belgian company announced that it’s to close the factory with the loss of all 38 jobs, Councillors in Roscommon were unanimous in their concern over the decision during a special discussion at their monthly meeting yesterday.
Chief Executive Eugene Cummins was clear that Roscommon can no longer be prepared to accept being treated unfairly by State agencies and that the county’s voice needs to be heard more often at the table when decisions on investment opportunities are being made.
Noting however that it’s most likely that it will be the SME sector that will provide alternative employment, the Chief Executive says that work has already begun and will continue, in setting up a task force to address the employment needs in the Ballaghgadereen area arising out of the upcoming jobs losses.
It’s been agreed to seek a deputation to meet Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’ Connor to discuss alternative investment for Roscommon, the meeting will include TDs and Senators, members of the Boyle Municipal District, Director of Services, the Cathaoirleach Tony Ward and the Chief Executive.