Uncertain future for employees of C&D Foods in Edgeworthstown as a fire halts all production at the factory.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fire at C&D Foods in Edgeworthstown, County Longford. The company established in 1969 by former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds manufactures and packages pet food products.

C&D Foods employs more than 500 people. At the time the fire broke out in the cannery section of the factory, 32 employees were on site. Five units of the Fire Service attended the scene throughout the night.

The company's managing director, Philip Reynolds is trying to come to terms with the damage. C&D Foods employee Yvonne Keegan says the fire damage means production cannot continue in the factory.

It's a disaster really.

Niall Philips from the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) Longford branch says employees have an opportunity to meet with officials from the Department of Social and Family Affairs to discuss social welfare payments.

Monsignor Pat Earley considers C&D Foods intrinsic to the area,

It’s so hard, impossible to imagine the community without C&D.

A visibly upset Albert Reynolds visits Edgeworthstown to survey the damage to the factory,

Devastation, I don’t know what sort of words I could describe it as.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 January 2006. The reporter is Ciarán Mullooly.