Local Coolock Deputy, Tommy Broughan, has expressed shock and disappointment at the news that Mondelez/Cadbury will be reducing the number of staff at their Oscar Traynor Road facility by up to 70 people (from the current 380 employed there).
This question is really about the record of the former Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Bruton. Although Dublin Bay North is close to major infrastructural centres such as Dublin Airport and Dublin Port, its unemployment rates remain quite high. The live register for Coolock for last month showed that 3,668 people were signing on, of which just under 600 were young people under the age of 25. The live register for Kilbarrack showed that 3,712 people were signing on last month, of which 348 were under 25. What steps did the former Minister take, particularly in respect of his own constituency, to boost jobs?
Before the summer recess, Deputy Broughan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, to provide an update on the status of Cadbury/Mondelez jobs as it has been almost five months since the announcement that over 200 jobs were to be cut at factories in Coolock and around Ireland.
I thank the Minister for the briefing. What are the chances of reversing these appalling job cuts in Coolock? It is clear that there were extensive contacts between the Minister’s Department, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland and Mr. Justin Cook, managing director of Mondelēz Ireland, during the past two years. If so, why was last week’s announcement made in such a particularly shocking and cruel way? Why was more not done to stop these job losses?
Deputy Tommy Broughan today addressed the Dáil on the issue of the proposed job losses at Cadbury Ireland’s Coolock plant. The loss of 160 local jobs came as shocking news last week for Coolock and the northside generally. Mondelez Ireland, which owns Cadbury, reported that 160 jobs are to go at the chocolate plants in Coolock and in Rathmore, Co. Kerry and that 45 jobs will be lost in the closure of the Trident chewing gum production facility in Tallaght.
Local Coolock Deputy Tommy Broughan has described the proposed loss of 220 jobs at Cadbury Ireland as shocking news for Coolock and the northside generally. Mondelez Ireland, which is part of Kraft Foods and owns Cadbury, is reporting that 160 jobs are to go at the chocolate plants in Coolock and in Co. Kerry and 45 jobs in the Trident chewing gum production facility in Tallaght.