Workers give their reaction to the news that Donnelly's Bacon Factory in Dublin's Liberites is to close.

After 150 years in operation, Donnelly's Bacon Factory on Cork Street in Dublin's Liberties is to cease trading with the loss of two hundred jobs.

Set in the heart of old Dublin, Donnelly's is or was as much a part of Cork Street as the number 50 bus.

Many of the workers at the factory have worked there all their working lives and now face the prospect of unemployment. Workers are unhappy with how the trade unions have managed or mismanaged the situation. 

All talks to save the factory between unions, management and the government have now failed. Donnelly's is owned by the Waterford based Clover Meats Group and has had a troubled history since they acquired the factory in 1966. 

It's like a family sort of breaking up. It's really sad.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 July 1979. The reporter is Brendan O'Brien..