Reality is 189 jobs are going - says Ardara Traders chief
Gallagher's Bakery, which announced last week it would be shedding 124 jobs, could close completely before the summer if the Ardara venture is not taken over in the meantime, it was claimed yesterday.
"The fact is there are really 189 jobs gone. The reality is the current owners, Aryzta, are pulling out of Ardara lock, stock and barrel. They may have announced 124 jobs losses but the reality is different and unless they can find a buyer for the fresh bread section and preserve the 65 jobs there, the plant will be closing," insisted Ardara Traders representative, Stephen McCahill.
The Traders organisation has called a meeting in the local hotel tomorrow night to examine the options open to them.
"A lot of people have come to me since the announcement of the job losses at Gallagher's and following the closure of the Greenhouse business to see if there are any ideas or prospects out there.
"These are very difficult times obviously but we've been seriously hit here in Ardara and local morale has been badly affected," said Mr. McCahill.
Pointing out that accomodation rental in the vicinity would also be hit as a result of the job situation, he said the loss of ten jobs as a result of the closure of the Greenhouse bar and shop represented another blow to the area.
"It was a family run business which was very much part of the town, part of the community," he indicated.
Returning to the job losses at Gallagher's Bakery, he claimed Aryzta had bought the competition out and had now decided to move to Dublin.
"You can twist the figures all you want but the reality is they are pulling out of Ardara and it's 189 jobs that will be affected, not the 124 they announced last week.
"By May or June, the whole place could be closed. We'd be hoping they would sell off the fresh bread part of the business but that's only an aspiration at the moment.
"The bakery business is very competitive. But there's no-one else making bread in Donegal. If Gallagher's goes, it will be the last of the bakeries in the county."
Tomorrow night's meeting gets under way in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel at 8.30.p.m.