- 1991: Dell open plant in Eire - Irish government (& EU) give Dell grant of €55million
- 2009: Dell close plant in Limerick - now the 2nd largest employer in Eire, 2840 laid off
- 2009: Dell announces poorest performance figures ever - Reporting a 54 percent drop in net income and a 15 percent decline in revenue
- 2009: Dell receives EU approval for another €55 grant - For a plant in Lodz, Poland, opened in 2008. The main beneficiary of the closure of the Limerick plant. The Irish government spends €23million in support packages for redundant Dell workers (€14million comes directly from EU)
Correct me if I am wrong but that is just a transfer of jobs from one area within Europe to another, which nets Dell another €55million, whilst costing us €14million mopping up the mess they left in Eire - isn't it?
Is this a price worth paying to prop up a mercenary American corporation in cahoots with a corrupt and toothless European Union money-pit? It appears to me that often there is only one winner when it comes to free trade within the EU, and it isn't the citizens...