Dressed in black, with a distinctive bump peeping from under her jumper, Grainne Hoy sat forlornly surveying the company canteen in the Enniskillen branch of Quinn's Insurance.
Black Friday on April 30 was Grainne's last day before she went on maternity leave.
“I can't believe this is happening, just as I go off to have a baby,” she said. “I thought I'd come to the canteen and soak up the atmosphere before I go off on maternity leave. \[Clare Palmer\]There is such a family-feel to this company. I'm going to miss everybody.\[Clare Palmer\]I just hope the same faces are here when I come bac”
Grainne decided not to attend a staff meeting held on Friday when it was outlined how many redundancies she and her colleagues would be facing. “I didn’t want to be there to hear any bad news,\[Clare Palmer\]I really care about my colleagues and there will be a lot of people disappointed,” she said.
The 32-year-old from Monea, near Enniskillen, said she became “incredibly stressed” when the news first broke last Thursday that redundancies were looming\[Clare Palmer\] at Quinn Insurance Ltd.
“It was just awful,” the 32-year-old said. “\[Clare Palmer\]At first we took the news with a pinch of salt, but by midday it was confirmed that there were would be job losses in Enniskillen. People just want to get back to work\[Clare Palmer\], they just want to focus on their jobs.”
Grainne has worked at Quinn Insurance for four years after living for a couple of years in New York. She said the company was instrumental in drawing her back home.\[Clare Palmer\]”When I heard about the company that really helped my decision to come home,” she said. “The training and development department here is fantastic. I have been a team leader; I have taken insurance exams. The company is amazing. If you want to go forward, you really can here. There are not many places in Enniskillen that let you develop your skills.”
Grainne now has a one-year-old son. Her second is due in July, but instead of being excited about adding to her family she is now worried like all her colleagues about job security.
“I'm not sure what we're all going to do. We will have to source jobs in Belfast or elsewhere because there are not a lot here,” she said.