staff in Mount St Anne’s Retreat and Conference Centre in Killenard, are facing redundancy or a lay-off as the centre scales back its bookings, while building work takes place on the site.
It is believed that up to 15 people have been offered statutory redundancy packages by the Presentation Sisters, who are developing the retreat/conference and accommodation facilities at Mount St Anne’s, Killenard. Plans include a three storey glazed atrium and walkway, conference room, dining room, 14 en-suite bedrooms and a modern chapel.
Last Monday, (August 29) staff members were said to be shocked when a meeting was called by the centre and management. The following day, staff were called in to one to one meetings with management. Many of the staff have worked there for up to twenty years and were said to be upset at the lack of warning, lack of support or further training opportunties that was offered.
The centre’s director, Sr Roisin Gannon, said redundancies had been offered, the centre was not forcing people to leave.
“It’s their own choice whether they take it or not, they have other options too,” she said.
In a statement, Sr Roisin said that due to the imminent commencement of the building on site, Mount St. Anne’s would not be in a position to offer full residential accommodation for retreats or other groups for approximately 18 months.
“We will remain open for school retreats, planning groups, or any other day events that require only the use of the remaining limited facilities.
“During this time of refurbishment we will not have the same volume of work we usually have. Therefore some staff are being offered the redundancy or lay-off. Some positions will remain, and some will be short-time,” she said.