GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced plans to close Sligo plant by 2021

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced plans to close Sligo plant by 2021

After some good new regarding job announcements for Sligo in recent months, some bad news was announced this morning as GlaxoSmithKline announced they are expected to close their Sligo plant by 2021

Statement on ‘GSK Stiefel’ Announcement to Close Sligo Plant by 2021: Tony McLoughlin TD

Fine Gael TD for Sligo – Leitrim and Assistant Government Whip Tony McLoughlin has said that the decision of ‘Glaxosmithkline – Stiefel’ to close its Sligo operation by 2021 is a very disappointing announcement for Sligo and the hard-working employees at the Glaxo Smith Kline operation here.

I have spoken to the Department for Business Enterprise and Innovation this morning who have advised me that the immediate concern of the Department is for the workers and families directly impacted by this development.

I understand that the closure of the plant in Sligo will take place on a phased basis, over three years, and that because of this many of the employees will remain in their jobs during this period.

Nonetheless, the Government will make every State support available to the workers at GSK in Sligo. The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection is aware of the situation and we will be doing our utmost to help these workers transition and find new employment opportunities when the time comes.

While this news is deeply regrettable, the overall trend in terms of job creation in Sligo, is extremely positive. I wish to advise that the Government is committed, under the Regional Action Plan for Jobs, to continue providing quality jobs in Sligo to further support the most recent jobs announcements in Sligo in 2018 by Phibro (150), Abbvie (100), Abtran (350), E3 Retail (40) and Live Tiles (50).

As difficult as it may be to appreciate right now, I have reason to be confident that we will find new investment for Sligo and new opportunities for the employees of GSK in Sligo.