News archive 2005

Statement by the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Dr William Lee, on the announcement today of job losses in Waterford Crystal

PRESS RELEASE

4 MAY 2005

STATEMENT BY THE BISHOP OF WATERFORD AND LISMORE, DR WILLIAM LEE

ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY OF JOB LOSSES IN WATERFORD CRYSTAL

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the news today that Waterford Crystal plans
to close its plant in Dungarvan, resulting in a loss of 390 jobs, with a
further 95 jobs to go in Kilbarry in Waterford city.”

“This is a severe blow to the people involved, their families and the
local economy. During this difficult time I am praying for everybody
and especially those whose livelihoods are directly affected by this
decision.”

Bishop Lee concluded, “I would now ask the private sector, and relevant
State agencies, to prioritise Dungarvan and Waterford in terms of offering
new employment opportunities to this great workforce, whose reputation
is known around the world.”

ENDS

Notes for Editors
* Dr William Lee is Bishop of Waterford & Lismore. Bishop Lee is Episcopal
Secretary of the Irish Bishops’ Conference and is a member of the Bishops’
Department of Planning and Communications.

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