Belfast Telegraph

Newry building company plans to shed jobs

By Margaret Canning

A building firm in Northern Ireland is set to cut jobs, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

O’Hare & McGovern in Newry, which has recently completed work on major schools projects in Carryduff and Portglenone, confirmed it is consulting with employees about redundancies.

It is understood workers were told on Wednesday that 24 employees — out of a full-time workforce of around 150 — may be made redundant.

A spokeswoman said: “The company is currently engaged in a period of consultation with employee representatives with regard to potential redundancies.

“O’Hare & McGovern has just completed a number of large construction projects for which additional staff were taken on.

“While there are a number of projects in the pipeline none are due to commence in the foreseeable future, and unfortunately it is the nature of the construction industry that at present there is not the level of work to sustain existing employment levels.

“We will, however, work with employees to ensure, if there are redundancies, numbers will be kept to a minimum.”

In a recent profile in the Belfast Telegraph business supplement, company managing director Eamon O’Hare said the construction sector was “difficult” to work in at the present time.

He said: “The downturn has led to less capital expenditure, and public money, both of which we capitalised on in the past.

“Our key challenge is keeping our team motivated and in work when many other firms are letting good people go.”

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