PayPal job losses a blow for the town

Sinn Féin TDs for Louth, Ruairí Ó Murchú and Imelda Munster, say they are ‘deeply concerned’ about the future commitment of PayPal to the county after the announcement of 172 job losses at their centre in Dundalk.
A further 135 redundancies have been confirmed at the company’s site at Ballycoolin, Dublin, bringing the total number of job losses to 307.

Deputy Ó Murchú said the news, which ‘came out of the blue for staff’, was a ‘terrible blow’ to workers and their families.
He said: ‘Deputy Munster and I have spoken to workers and to the company representative today and the news is shocking. We understand that consultation in the non-unionised company will start on Thursday and the redundancies will happen on June 27.

‘This seems to be very rushed and we would want there to be proper consultation with workers, and every support given to them, ahead of them being put on the dole queue’.
Deputies Munster and Ó Murchú said the latest redundancies, which come on top of 131 announced in April 2021, ‘had shaken confidence in PayPal’s long term commitment to Dundalk and Ballycoolin’.

Deputy Munster said: ‘The fact that more than 300 jobs are going in PayPal in Ireland, further to more than 130 last year, makes us deeply concerned about what this profitable, multinational’s long term commitment to Ireland is’.
Deputy Ó Murchú said: ‘The government, and the agencies such as IDA, need to step up and meet with PayPal to find out what has really happened here and to give workers and their families the reassurance that the company is committed to Ireland in the long term.

‘We have requested a meeting with senior PayPal officials as soon as possible to hear from them what their future plans are for their sites in Ireland’.

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