Fears for future of ABP factory

May 12, 2014

The future of the 300 strong workforce employed at ABP meat factory in Newry should be clarified as a matter of urgency, Sinn Fein Councillor, Terry Hearty, has said.

Mr Hearty raised the subject of the factory’s future at a recent meeting of Newry and Mourne District Council where he sought assurances from Council officials that they would give the matter their immediate attention.

Referring to speculation that the meat processing plant at Greenbank may close with all its operations moving to the firm’s Lurgan site, Mr Hearty says he has been contacted by staff who are fearful for their jobs.

“Staff of the Greenbank division of ABP Meats have real fears that the plant will close with all of the work currently undertaken there being moved to the Lurgan site.  This obviously has major implications for the 300 staff currently employed in Newry who are naturally worried about what the impact of a shift in location would be on them.

“Additionally if the Newry plant was closed and all work moved to Lurgan, this would have a hugely negative impact on the farmers of south Armagh and south Down who would be forced to transfer stock to the new location,” he said.

Councillor Hearty was at pains to say that he did not wish to circulate an unconfirmed story however he needed to raise the issue and gain some clarity for those affected.

“Both myself and my colleague, MP for the area, Conor Murphy have met with ABP in the past to discuss the future of the factory.  We have always received assurances that the future of the Newry location was certain.  I have asked Conor Murphy to contact ABP and I have also requested that council officials seek clarification on this matter,” he added.