Rehab Enterprises are to make 11 people redundant at its Navan base.

The news. which had been feared for some weeks was finally broken to  staff at the Mullaghboy unit yesterday.

A spokesperson said,  “The company’s current financial position left it with no reasonable alternative”.

Meath West TD, Peadar Toibín, reacted swiftly to the news, saying, “This is another blow for Navan coming hot on the heels of Tara Mines closing. These jobs at Rehab in Navan are important jobs. It is a busy factory with many orders. But is also important in the personal development of the employees.

“Some of these workers have been working at the factory for 35 years. I understand that Rehab is having difficulties nationally and is seeking to restructure to save jobs at other sites but its hard to take that such a busy factory is being closed”.

“Like all business Rehab has been dealing with higher input costs but workers have been doing their best to make the location viable. I would call on the government to step in at this stage and see what supports that can be given to this key business that not only has a economic impact but a key social impact also”.