Almost 1,000 car assembly workers face the dole queue as a result of mass lay-offs.

In 1975 car assembly workers in Dublin were laid off by the Brittain Group.

Mr Tom McGrath of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) spoke to RTÉ News about the lay-offs, the potential for future employment for these workers, and the future of the car assembly industry in Ireland. Mr. McGrath speaks of possible future job threats to up to 10,000 workers.

The lay-offs came as the British Leyland car firm cancelled its franchise agreement with the Dublin based Brittain Group. 

In light of the lay-offs, the ICTU called for a ban on the importation of fully built cars in an effort to salvage and protect the car assembly industry in Ireland.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 April 1975.