Cork North West TD Michael Creed has described todays announcement that 160 jobs are to be lost in the Schering Plough plant in Brinny as a further devastating blow to the Mid –Cork area. Commenting on the announcement Deputy Creed stated:

“It is bitterly disappointing to see such a large level of redundancies. The Mid-Cork area is quickly becoming an unemployment blackspot under the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Innovations nose. My thoughts today are with the 160 families who face the bleak prospect of redundancy over the next three years. Tragically alternative employment isn’t readily available. Many of those redundant will join the thousands already unemployed in this Constituency”.

“I am calling on my Constituency colleague, and Minister for Enterprise Batt O’Keeffe to prioritise this area in terms of job creation. Minister O’Keeffe has the portfolio and the resources to alleviate the unemployment crisis in this area. It is important that he explores all avenues in order to create alternative employment for those leaving Schering Plough and those already unemployed during the remainder of his term in office”.