Internal restructuring
Border; Midland and Western; Border
Location of affected unit(s)
County Monaghan
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.1 - Processing and preserving of meat and production of meat products

130 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 February 2008
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
30 April 2008


Grove Turkeys is to cut all but 70 of its 200 workers over the next two to three months. The rationalisation programme will also affect 85 farmers on both sides of the Irish border who will be reduced to seasonal contracts with the company.

Grove said it was struggling against cheap imports and global trade liberalisation and the number of turkeys it has processed has declined from 3.2 million in the 1990s to 2 million now. Grove Turkeys also blamed high production costs, with an escalation in feed costs and the strength of the euro against sterling as contributing factors to the job reductions.

The company's managing director Tom O'Driscoll said they were able to compete at peak demand for turkeys, at Christmas and Easter, but struggled at other times to compete with low-cost imports.


  • 2 February 2008: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2008), Grove Turkeys, Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 66260, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66260.