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MEP FOR KILDARE SAYS HP JOB LOSSES AGAINST THE TREND OF EMPLOYMENT

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Successful Transition for Employees Must be Priority

MEP for Kildare and first Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness, said the loss of jobs at HP in Leixlip was disappointing, particularly given the large number involved.

“The priority now has to be in assisting these skilled workers to transition successfully to alternative employment.

“IDA Ireland is working on securing new business for the site.

“And the current environment is positive, opportunities for alternative employment are far more favourable than they have been for several years. Unemployment in January dropped to a post crash low of just over 7pc,” she said.

Ms. McGuinness welcomed the statement from the company that the development was not a reflection on the employees or the site’s performance.

“It is absolutely clear that the workers are highly regarded. The fact is this development is against the trend. It is clearly attributable to a diminishing demand for printers and cartridges, given the way consumers and businesses are adapting to new technological development.”

Ms McGuinness said HP will continue to be an important presence in Leixlip where over 2,000 workers are employed in its Hewlett Packard Enterprise business.