Fine Gael Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick has said the loss of the eBay jobs in Dundalk is a terrible blow for the workers and their families but calls for a positive and united approach to securing new employment for the eBay staff.
“I worked closely with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor to try and source alternative premises in the town for eBay,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
“I want to see as many as possible of these employees offered alternative employment within the company in their Dublin base and I am also working hard to assist them in accessing job opportunities with other companies in Dundalk.
“The Department of Jobs has given me a commitment that they will assist these workers as they try to source alternative employment.
“Furthermore Louise Phelan, Vice President of PayPal Global has given me a commitment that PayPal will increase its Irish workforce to 3,000 people between now and 2018. I look forward to working with Ms Phelan in relation to this to ensure that as many as possible of these jobs are situated in PayPal’s Dundalk operation.
“I know this is a very tough day for people whose jobs are affected.
“However, the future is bright for Dundalk with the potential expansion of PayPal in the town.
“Recent CSO figures show that this country has two million people at work for the first time since 2008 and that employment is growing in every region.”
Deputy Fitzpatrick said that now is not the time talking down Dundalk.
He believes that a positive approach is required to avoid adding to the stress and worry of the workers.
“I will leave no stone unturned in my efforts to help these staff source alternative employment and to ensure that jobs continue to be created in Dundalk and across Louth,” said Fitzpatrick.