Call for jobs task force after redundancies

The sign on the door of McCloskey & O'Kane at Windyhill Retail Park, Limavady. 0908sj777
The sign on the door of McCloskey & O'Kane at Windyhill Retail Park, Limavady. 0908sj777

In light of the 30 confirmed redundancies in Limavady this week after construction company McCloskey & O’Kane went into administration, the district Council says it’s time for another jobs fair in the town.

As the ‘Journal’ reported on Tuesday, Keenan CF were appointed joint administrators of McCloskey and O’Kane and its subsidiary, Limavady Building Suppliers Ltd, who supply building materials to the commercial construction industry last Friday. Confirmation of the job losses came on Tuesday afternoon.

A Keenan CF representative said due to “severe cash restraints, we are not in a position to continue to trade”, and, it is with “regret that we have had to make 30 members of staff redundant”.

With 6.6 per cent of the working age population in the borough on the dole, June figures show 1,462 people in the district were out of work, placing the area as the fourth highest in the jobless count in the North.

Limavady mayor Gerry Mullan, said it was another jobs blow for the town.

“I know most of the people that work here as I’ve been in the building trade most of my life. This will have a devastating impact on families, and in the community in general.” Speaking at Council on Tuesday, chief executive Liam Flanigan said following the news plus concerns about DVA jobs in Coleraine, it may be a trigger to organise a jobs fair for early Autumn, and perhaps through working with other agencies also organise training around such things as re-skilling.

East Derry SDLP MLA John Dallat renewed his call for a time-limited ‘Economic Task Force’ to help Limavady through, stating just “one potential inward investor visited Limavady in the last year”. Mr. Dallat said Limavady was witnessing “spiralling emigration, business closures and a sense of hopelessness that has hung over the area since the closure of Seagate resulting in 1000 job losses”.