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50 jobs set to go in Target closure
THE Fermanagh economy has suffered another crippling body blow after Monday’s announcement that 50 jobs are to go at Target Express. The loss of jobs at the haulage firm has shocked the local community, with employees losing their precious employment without prior warning and some discovering while still at work.
The largest privately owned haulage firm in Ireland has its roots firmly in Fermanagh, with the business set up by Derrylin man Seamus McBrien around 25 years ago. The company ceased trading on Monday after southern Revenue commissioners rejected a deal to pay off the rest of their outstanding debt. 398 people in total will lose their job at the company, which has depots on both sides of the border.
Malachy McBrien, Seamus’ brother and manager of the Lisnaskea depot of Target explains how the family feels let down by the Revenue commissioners and the Irish government.
“We had been in agreement with the revenue commissioners and a very large amount had been paid to them in the last six weeks.
“Over a million euros had been paid and it was down to a payment of €300,000 and we tried to split that amount and pay it in two installments, but they wouldn’t let us.
“We were three quarters of the way through to an agreement and the response we got was that it was nothing to do with us.