Bishop Leo O’Reilly calls for prayers for Quinn staff and their families

30 Apr 2010

30 April 2010

Bishop Leo O’Reilly calls for prayers for Quinn staff and their families

Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Bishop of Kilmore, released the following statement today in response to the news of 940 job losses in Quinn motor insurance.

“I am deeply saddened to hear the news today that Quinn motor insurance is to lose 940 jobs. This is a severe blow to the people involved, their families and the local economy.  During these difficult times I am praying for everybody and especially those whose livelihoods are directly affected by this decision.

“I am asking that special prayers be said at Masses throughout the Diocese of Kilmore this weekend.  Our prayers will be dedicated for the intentions of those who are affected in any way by today’s redundancy announcement made by the provisional administrators of Quinn insurance.  We pray also for the viability of the remaining jobs in Quinn insurance which, it was announced today, is going to be sold.

“I ask the private sector and relevant State agencies to prioritise Cavan, Fermanagh, Leitrim, Sligo and Meath in terms of offering new employment opportunities to this skilled workforce.

“Today’s announcement not only directly affects Quinn workers but in addition it jeopardises thousands of ancillary jobs which have been created, since the late 1990’s, to support the services offered by Quinn motor insurance.

“The economic progress experienced over the last decade in these counties is no small part due to the Quinn group of companies.  It is incumbent on public representatives to continue to seek a commitment from government to support these workers by every means possible.  With the economy now in recession our community needs such support today more than ever.”


Further information:
Martin Long, Director of Communications 086 172 7678