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A cigar-manufacturing plant in Co Roscommon, Ireland will close in May and move its operations to Sri Lanka with a loss of 38 jobs for the town of Ballaghaderreen in Co Roscommon, The Irish Times reported on Friday.

It was reported that the company is moving its operations to an existing plant in Sri Lanka in order to rationalise the business and save on wage costs.

Exclusive Cigar Manufacturers Ireland (ECMI) opened in 1978 under the name Villager and has been a large local employer since.

The business was sold to a large Belgian tobacco company called J Cortès in January of this year.

A statement on the J Cortès website published on January 18th says: “ECMI has shown considerable volume growth and will benefit from the expertise and size of J. Cortès.”

However, in a press release issued on Thursday, the company said it was beginning a consultation process with employee representatives before issuing redundancy notifications on May 15.

“The purpose of the consultation process is to explore any alternatives to the proposed closure of the factory potentially resulting in a redundancy of all 38 employees of ECMI Ltd,” the statement said.

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  • concern Sunday, 16 April 2017 06:50 PM

    Top priority should be to resolve the garbage problem.

    mahsen Sunday, 16 April 2017 06:50 PM

    All narcotics, Tobacco and Alcohol companies are coming, Good companies and investors are leaving. This is the development.

    DJ Sunday, 16 April 2017 07:03 PM

    This is big for the daily mirror to report, is this what the govt., wants u to do!. Get a life, investigative journalism is lost, are u controlled by a bunch of morons

    Neophyte_ Sunday, 16 April 2017 07:14 PM

    Not like coming to Sri Lanka, this Belgian Tobacco Co must be careful because our Prime minister is running high and dry in he's economic planning, so our PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and he's called UNP Economic juggernauts might try and include these 38 jobs into their 1 MN jobs scheme and claim credit by saying that ''we bought in investment to the country'' ..

    Krish Sunday, 16 April 2017 07:21 PM

    We have wasted our resources on doctors and engineers just like all other third world countries.

    SW Monday, 17 April 2017 05:25 PM

    In that circumstance how about the workers health safety and the environment pollution?

    Gayan Sunday, 16 April 2017 09:35 PM

    Wow what investments these yahapalana fellows bring to the country no.

    Dot Monday, 17 April 2017 03:13 AM

    So the Europeans think it does not matter if a far away island people face the hazards of dealing with tobacco ..when inhaling tobacco is considered a deadly addiction by all health authorities ..Have they studied the down side of handling tobacco day in and out by our people .yes the Government who gave the big tick . ..

    Imeshw Monday, 17 April 2017 06:56 AM

    This is next to nothing as J Cortes was manufacturing in the katunayaka free trade zone for almost 10 years or more nothing new except they are shutting down in Ireland

    angie Monday, 17 April 2017 09:05 PM

    The health minister should take seviour actions against the people who are been affected by these influenza.Here in Matale, Kandy, Jaffna is suffering without medicines but he is signing agreements with cigarette company via DM Android App

    Kale Monday, 17 April 2017 08:43 AM

    What they save on wage costs will be more than offset with taxes and demands for bribes.

    Kadiya Sunday, 16 April 2017 07:26 AM

    Just when CTC has begun to pull down its tents another 'fags' comes along!

    harry Sunday, 16 April 2017 07:32 AM

    Very good opportunity for a bedi factory and cancer hospital.Is HarryJ involved. JVP what are you doing

    PRINCIPLES Sunday, 16 April 2017 07:42 AM

    WHEN MONEY COMES PRINCIPLES TO THE WIND !

    Kumar Sunday, 16 April 2017 08:09 AM

    Not a cigar producing plant,we need high technologymanufacturers moving into Sri Lanka.We also needforeign Scientists to set up camps and kick start aresearch culture in our land,our focus should changeto science and maths away from doctors and engineers.

    Tissa Sunday, 16 April 2017 08:53 AM

    So far they have not taken any government approval for this type of thingsis it a another bogus breed items via DM Android App

    SW Monday, 17 April 2017 10:22 AM

    This clearly shows the effectiveness of government authority meant for tobacco control. It is sleeping.

    ravin Sunday, 16 April 2017 09:21 AM

    Already they have a factory in Katunayake FTZ. May be few additional employment opportunities.

    RDF Sunday, 16 April 2017 09:32 AM

    Another VW tall story???

    Ravi Monday, 17 April 2017 12:31 PM

    Ceylon Tobacco out and Belgian Tobacco in.LOL

    suresh Monday, 17 April 2017 02:04 PM

    they are manufacturing for export not for local consumption as they are already doing in the FTZ

    SW Monday, 17 April 2017 02:43 PM

    The President is saying he will shatter the existing tobacco company, members of the same government are inviting tobacco companies to invest here for tobacco promotion. These people use two tongues to deceive people. Yes, we know we have been deceived, but next time you all will be deceived,In the same time what is this tobacco control authority and the Task Force doing? They are getting big-big foreign funds for tobacco control and SLEEPING on them.


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