The standoff between the staff of a Letterkenny bakery and the Revenue Commissioners has ended, but it may be only a temporary conclusion after a day where staff were barricaded inside the building while a removal van and revenue staff sat outside.
As the standoff between staff at Highland Bakery and the Revenue commissioners ended - for the moment - a Donegal TD has called on the Government to do everything in its power to protect jobs at Highland Bakery.
Fianna Fáil TD, Char lie McConalogue said it is not acceptable for the State, in looking to collect unpaid revenue, would “jeopardise the future viability of a business employing 28 full time staff and 15 delivery workers in Killclug”.
After a lengthy stand off all day today, workers acting on behalf of the tax sheriff left the scene and workers who had locked themselves into the premises left the building.
The business owner Kevin Bradley is reported to have confirmed he owes the Revenue Commissioners money but has added that he is trying to keep his employees in work. He asked for more time to sort the issues.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue says there has never been greater pressure on small businesses: “At a time when unemployment is at an all time high in Donegal, it is incumbent on the authorities to ensure that there are no further job losses. There has never been more pressure on small businesses and many are finding it difficult to survive.
“Highland Bakery has been a successful business and valued local employer for many years. Now that it is experiencing some difficulties, the State should be reaching out to help it stay afloat instead of compounding these difficulties.
“I’m calling on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Unemployment Richard Bruton to liaise with the Revenue Commissioners and Highland Bakery to come to an arrangement which would protect all jobs at the company.
“Every step possible must be taken to ensure that small enterprises, which are the bedrock for future employment, are supported and encouraged to grow.
“It is unacceptable that the jobs at Highland Bakery would be at risk as a result of actions taken on behalf of the State,” he said.