Both Dinny McGinley, TD, minister of state for the Gaeltacht, and a spokesperson for Údarás na Gaeltachta said yesterday there has been little change to the plans Largo Foods announced in April that involved redundancies at the company’s Gaoth Dobhair plant.
It is understood that the equivalent of 36 full-time jobs will be lost as the result of automation of packing processes in the coming months, affecting 30 full-time and 11 part-time staff.
The statements came in response to media reports yesterday that up to 70 staff were to be laid off at the Gaoth Dobhair plant over the next two months.
Minister McGinley said positions at the factory include full-time, staff on a three-day week and occasional staff. He confirmed that the job losses are part of a process of automation and said that the company’s investment in research and development left him “very hopeful that this will increase permanent jobs” at Largo in the future.
Earlier this year, the company announced they were investing €2.4 million in capital and €1.2 million in research and development into the Gaoth Dobhair factory. Largo is the parent company of Arán Pita Éireann Teo., Bia Ghaoth Dobhair Teo. and Bia Ghaoth Barra Teo., which supply snack foods to national and international retailers and also produce snack foods for Largo under the Tayto brand.
In announcing the investment, the company said the capital included automated machinery, a move that meant about 30 full-time equivalent jobs would be lost. It is believed the 36 full-time equivalent job losses confirmed this week will affect 41 people who work in the factory’s general packing area of the factory.