• News

Assurances sought for Covidien workers in Tullamore

Tuesday, 17th June, 2014 9:57am

Story by Laura Ryder
Jump to comments
Assurances sought for Covidien workers in Tullamore
Assurances sought for Covidien workers in Tullamore

Offaly TD Barry Cowen has called for assurances about the future of jobs at Covidien in Tullamore, two days after it was revealed that medical technology company Medtronic is to acquire the healthcare technology and medical supplies provider.

The $42.9bn deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, or early next year.

Speaking today (Tuesday) Deputy Cowen said that while on the face of it there doesn’t appear to be much change for workers on the ground in Tullamore, the workforce will need assurances.

“Medtronic is to move its executive headquarters to Ireland and I think this is a very positive announcement,” Deputy Cowen said. “Covidien employs over 500 people in Tullamore supporting hundreds of families and any adverse impact on jobs would have a devastating impact on the local economy.”

In the same statement Deputy Cowen expressed concern that the government has “taken its eye off the ball” and that instability in the pharma sector has led to job losses.

“Covidien has operated its manufacturing facility in Offaly for many years,” Deputy Cowen said.

“I visited the plant a number of weeks ago and I saw first-hand how valuable the company is to the local economy. Covidien is a major player in Tullamore and it is essential that the government and the relevant State agencies engage with management and its new owners to secure its future operations in the midlands.”

Offaly Independent-Read in full for FREE. Subscribe here.

Post a Comment

Group Publications

Cookies on Offaly Independent website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Offaly Independent website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Offaly Independent use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We donít sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message