As reports emerge that up to 70 staff are to be laid off at Largo Foods in Gweedore over the next two months, Deputy Pearse Doherty has claimed that as many as 11,000 people have lost their jobs in Donegal in the past four months.
The Largo job losses had been signalled in reports by this newspaper group and it is understood that approximately 35 employees per month will lose their jobs in June and July.
Meanwhile, Deputy Pearse Doherty has claimed that in the last four years over 11,000 jobs had been lost in Donegal and stressed that if this had happened in any other small area there would be a national outcry.
Doherty, speaking to the Donegal Democrat in Donegal town, said that this was the equivalent of an ‘Intel’ plus pulling out of the country but said that there had been no headlines splashed over the media highlighting this situation.
“We haven’t seen 200 jobs going here or 500 jobs going there, it is all one’s and two’s and three’s - SME’s closing down and not a mention. We are at a critical level and the Government are not holding out any hope to our young people.”
Doherty spoke to the Donegal Democrat about the scourge of emigration saying that 9 young people are leaving Ireland every hour.
He said, “Donegal has borne its share. Just last Monday morning I met two people, a woman from Gweedore and a man from the Meevagh parish, I asked them how their weekend was, two different people from two different parishes but their stories were similar. Both told me that one of the relations was emigrating to Australia.
“Three young girls left Gweedore for Australia on Monday week last and six young lads left the Meevagh parish on the same day. It would be naïve of me to think that they were the only ones from Donegal to pack their bags, hug their parents, and board a plane on that day for Australia, the United States, Canada or some other far flung place in a hope that some country would give them the opportunity that they were denied at home.
“I’m sure that other towns across the county like Killybegs, Inver, Donegal Town and Ballyshannon have shared the same experience.”