Sportswear company O’Neills, which temporarily laid off 900 workers last week, will now manufacture scrubs for the Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.
The company last week said it had been forced to lay off its workforce because of the impact of Covid-19, which had resulted in the “complete cessation of orders received from clubs and retailers across the business”.
The @oneills1918 factory in Strabane about to covert to making life saving protective gear for all our nurses & doctors, manufacturing 55k sets of scrubs & hundreds of thousands of visors. Massive credit to @KieranKennedy1 & the machinists coming in to do this life saving work— Joe Brolly (@JoeBrolly1993) March 23, 2020
On Monday, the company tweeted: “The health and safety of our workers is paramount. We are observing government hygiene and distancing protocol. We are delighted to support the work of front line healthcare staff.”
The scrubs will be made in the O’Neills factory in Strabane, Co Tyrone.
On Twitter, SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan welcomed the news: “Made up that #ONeills in #Strabane have been asked to produce #Scrubs for our #HealthWorkers.”
O’Neills supplies sportswear to GAA clubs and has a number of standalone sportswear shops.
The company employs around 700 people in its factory in Strabane, Co Tyrone, and around 200 in Walkinstown in Dublin.