A steering group has been established to coordinate jobs losses at Molex in Shannon over the next year.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys chaired a meeting in Shannon on Wednesday morning with representatives from enterprise agencies, the Regional Enterprise Plan Committee, Limerick Institute of Technology, Shannon Group, Shannon Chamber and Clare County Council. Clare TDs, Pat Breen (FG) who is Minister of State for Employment, Joe Carey (FG) and Deputy Timmy Dooley (FF) were present at the meeting.

Arising from the meeting, it was agreed to create a steering group which will be responsible for planning a response to the 500 job losses at the factory which has been based in the Shannon Free Zone since 1971.

IDA Ireland are to commence a detailed skills audit of Molex’s workforce and efforts will be made to locate a potential investor for the site. Staff will also partake in an careers fair and interview workshop.

Speaking following the meeting, Humphreys pointed out that there were “many job opportunities” locally for the 500 people facing redundancy. She said all agencies were committed to working together to provide support for staff in what was “a very difficult and emotional” time.

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