INDUSTRY sources have said delayed infrastructure projects in Cork were not a factor in a “strategic” decision by multi-national pharma giant Novartis to consolidate its Cork operations.
The Dunkettle Interchange upgrade has been beset by delays regarding the tender process and the 12km M28 motorway to Ringaskiddy to facilitate the moving of the Port of Cork from the city has been the subject of a legal challenge by a group opposed to its route.
However, the Echo understands this was not considered by company leaders when making the decision to cut its workforce in Cork. The company has been reviewing its worldwide operations for almost three years.
Fianna Fáil representative Seamus McGrath said the job losses will not just impact locally but will hit the whole of Cork and the Government and local authorities must get to the root of the Novartis’ decision.
“I think it’s important that the authorities engage fully with the company to try and get to the bottom of the decision and find out what are the reasons and why Cork was chosen. We need to really drill down into that and the specific issue. Hopefully, we can limit the impact aswell by having full engagement with the company. I would be calling on the authorities to fully support workers and provide advice,” Mr McGrath added.
Councillor Marcia D’Alton, who lives in nearby Passage West said the wider area of Cork harbour and its communities will be greatly affected by the job losses and said the company had engaged with local residents on a regular basis on a multitude of issues.
“Novartis does employ people in Ringaskiddy but it’s very limited. There are actually far more people coming in from Passage West, Monkstown and Carrigaline. There is a very close relationship between the company and the residents because they are their nearest neighbours.