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Back to Work - Quinn Workers

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

With over 433,000 people or 13.4% of the population on the live register and an estimated 2,000 companies to fail this year (The Sun, April 6th), there has rarely been a worse time to be unemployed. With news of 900 redundancies filtering through in the news, we'll look at three typical professions in Quinn that may be considering redundancy. James Mailley from will discuss what their options may be.

James Mailley

James is the Managing Director of Monster Ireland. Based in Dublin, he is responsible for driving business growth in Ireland and ensuring that remains the industry's leading provider of online recruitment services and solutions. James is also responsible for sales strategy and implementation. James joined in 2003. Prior to this, he worked as a management consultant at TMP Worldwide and a recruitment consultant at Michael Page. James has a degree from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Aftershock: A week of programmes on RTÉ which focus on Ireland after the crash:
How people are coping, what lessons we need to learn and how we might get from here to recovery, May 9th - 16th 2010

RTÉ presents a week-long series of television programmes which capture where we've come from over the last 18 months, take stock of where we are now and try to identify ways out of the crisis. Across the week, a number of RTÉ television programmes will reflect the after-effects of the boom and bust: from the reality of unemployment and life in so-called "ghost towns" to positive stories of businesses and families who are thriving in spite of the recession. Other programmes will look at the bigger picture, ask where to from here and present challenging ideas as to how we as a nation can move on from the shock of economic collapse.

A series of documentaries specially-commissioned for the Aftershock season begins with Ghost Land, an observational documentary filmed in unfinished estates throughout Ireland which illustrates the reality of life for thousands of Irish home-owners in the aftermath of our building boom. In Aftershock: Where to Now?, four of Ireland's leading commentators will outline a range of radical ideas that they believe are fundamental to Ireland's reform. A special Aftershock edition of The Frontline straight afterwards will see their ideas put to the test by a live studio audience.

Life After Dell went into production when the first layoffs at Dell's Limerick plant were announced in January 2009. This observational documentary charts the journeys of four people through their first year after redundancy and will reflect the experiences of many all over the country. Prime Time has commissioned a special report which focuses on how Ireland compares with other nations also struggling to find a way through the crisis, while Capital D and Nationwide will each present special editions which focus on the business and organisations that are thriving in spite of the bust.

The week ends on a note of cautious optimism with Rising After Redundancy. Since last summer, RTÉ has been following six newly-unemployed people as they work with a career coach who specialises in helping unemployed people return to the workplace. Rising After Redundancy is a 6-part television series which charts their seven-month journey from despair and uncertainty to new direction and renewed hope.

Background (courtesy of

On the 30th April, it was announced that 900 jobs were to go at Quinn Insurance offices, with the jobs to go on a voluntary basis. It is expected the cuts will happen over a 12-15 month period.
The biggest job losses will be in the largest office, Blanchardstown, which currently has a staff of around 800. Around 301 jobs will go there - 65 in the first phase, which will take place over the next two to three months. The head office in Cavan will lose around 226 jobs out of 700, with 121 going in the first phase. In Enniskillen 179 jobs will go, with 87 going in the first phase.
Navan will be particularly badly hit, with around half the workforce going, 109 out of 220. 37 will go in the first phase. In Manchester, 48 out of the 100 jobs will go.
The redundancy terms to be offered to staff will include four weeks of pay per year of service on top of the usual statutory entitlements. The redundancies, which will be voluntary, will result in a saving of €30m per year for Quinn Insurance. Earlier, the Quinn Group said it had 'reluctantly' decided that it should sell its Quinn Insurance business.