Bord na Mona meeting over Kilberry job fears

Plans to invest €2m to upgrade plant

Paula Campbell

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Bord na Mona meeting over Kilberry job fears

Bord na Mona

Kildare South TD Fiona O’Loughlin who met with Bord na Mona senior officals last week over the recent job concerns for Kilberry seasonal workers, was informed that BNM have plans to invest €2million into the Athy plant.

The meeting took place last Thursday and was facilitated by Minister Denis Naughton on foot of concerns that  the recent purchase of a UK based Horticulture plant by BNM has raised the prospect of the displacement of existing seasonal jobs.

Deputy O’Loughlin said she was relieved to hear a bona fida commitment made to the continuation of work at Kilberry by BNM, adding that that the permanent  jobs would be secure with the exception of two or three roles where redundancy would be sought in the seasonal sector.

Meanwhile Bord na Mona are undertaking a new project in Clongorey for the purposes of mixing mushroom casing which will provide in the region of nine jobs, and there is potential for seasonal workers to transfer here.

“Having spoken to several of the Kilberry workers,I shared concerns about the lack of investment in the Kilberry facility and I assured that Bord na Mona intend to spend  €2m upgrading facilities at the site,” she said.

“I stressed the importance of the plant to Kilberry and Athy area, and the importance of Bord na Mona to Kildare as a county.”

There are 53 full time employees and six seasonal emplyees in Kilberry.

Kilberry first opened in 1947.