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Continued Job Losses In Rural Tipperary

dawn-ffDawn Fresh Foods Ltd, with an address at Killenaule Road, Fethard, County Tipperary have officially announced that its production facility is to close, starting with immediate effect on a phased basis.

The decision will effect an estimated 104 of the companies permanent workforce, latter who will be made redundant as a direct result of the closure. Employees were informed at a meeting on Friday last and the closure is expected to be completed by December of this current year.

The decision follows five years of tough trading conditions for the company, beginning in September 2008 when 32 workers being laid off.

The company, which manufactures Ready-Made Meals and which exports 80% of all output from their Fethard plant, has experienced a severe reduction in sales, especially since the horse meat controversy, while the weakness of sterling has also had an effect.

The company will now enter a thirty day consultation period with staff, in the hope that some viable, workable rescue plan can be constructed.

Nationally 13.5% of the Irish workforce were formally out of work in July of this year. In June 2013 the rate was 13.6%, with new jobs only being announced for the larger cities, while rural areas continue to be totally neglected.

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