Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness met the workers at the steps of the Civic Offices and accepted a letter from them to be delivered to Council management. McGuinness said:
“These workers have been caught in the middle of a planning issue between their employer and Waterford City and County Council. Through no fault of their own they are bearing the brunt of this dispute. 35 HomeSavers employees in Dungarvan, and a similar number in Waterford, have been put on protective notice just a few short weeks before Christma and face the prospect of losing their jobs. Many have been made unemployed twice already this year due to the lockdown March lockdown and the restrictions re-introduced this autumn.
“I met with workers affected on Monday to listen to their concerns and to offer my solidarity. I accepted a letter from the workers which they have asked me to pass on to Council management. I have undertaken to work with them to access supports and to ensure they are not forgotten about as their employer and the local authority deal with the planning issue. its important that public representative show leadership at the difficult times and not just the good news stories or photo ops.
“Ultimately planning regulations must be applied equally, without fear or favour but I hope that some resolution can be found to this dispute that doesn’t cost 35 jobs. This will be a blow to the individuals affected and their families, but also to the local economy at a time when every job counts.”