Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach believes that it is imperative that every last effort be made to try to retain eBay in Dundalk.
Speaking today he said: "I believe that over recent days with changes in senior personnel both at the Dundalk site and internationally, despite the fact that the door seems to be closing on eBay’s presence in Dundalk, there still is a glimpse of light in the doorway to encourage eBay to reconsider its position.
“If a final decision is made then it will be very difficult for eBay to reconsider Dundalk at a point in the future.”
“A glimmer of hope seemed to be given by eBay senior management in a teleconference to the workforce yesterday. I understand that the new Senior Vice President appointed to the Dundalk site, Wendy Jones, is due to visit the workforce in Dundalk next week.”
“As I have done previously, I am issuing a request to her to meet with local elected representatives in one last attempt to facilitate the relocation of eBay to one of the many suitable available sites.”
“I welcome the fact that the eBay Senior Executive has committed to accommodating all of the eBay workforce with alternative jobs within eBay especially in Dublin. Many of the workforce believe that the facility in Dublin is not capable of accommodating them and that it would make sense to retain a presence in Dundalk.”
“I have been informed that Devin Wenig the Global CEO, on being asked would it not make more sense to keep eBay in Louth within another facility he responded that it might be something to look at. Often large companies can be more concerned with their profits than the positive impact they have on communities.”
“I am writing today to Wendy Jones with a view to setting up a meeting with the IDA and Oireachtas members with a view to exploring this.”
“It is my duty as a TD to explore every single option.”
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