Breedon closes Irish sites

Building materials provider Breedon Group has suspended production at all its sites in the Republic of Irleand.
Quarry Products / April 3, 2020
By Staff writer
Breedon's temporary suspension of production at its Irish sites follows a similar move at many of the group's UK sites. Pictured is Breedon's Cloud Hill Quarry in Derbyshire. Pic: Everything is Somewhere

The company had announced on 26 March that its operations in the Republic would continue to operate pending further guidance, but the Irish Government introduced restrictions on 27 March requiring all non-essential businesses to close for two weeks from that date.

Breedon Group said in a statement: "We have therefore decided temporarily to suspend production at our RoI sites, including our cement plant at Kinnegad, with the exception of those serving health projects and critical road and utility infrastructure. We welcome the Irish Government’s Wage Subsidy Scheme, which should ensure that eligible employees continue to receive a proportion of their pay while they are not working."

On 26 March Breedon Group temporarily suspended production at its UK sites, with the exception of its Hope Cement plant and those parts of its operation serving crucial supply needs.

The company added that its priority remains the health and wellbeing of its colleagues, subcontractors, customers and communities and that it will continue to respond as appropriate to guidance from the governments and health authorities of both the UK and Ireland.

It said it will provide further updates as and when appropriate.