On Thursday 8th January 2009, the dreaded statement finally came.
Dell workers in Limerick, Ireland arrived in their droves to the news that 1,900 of the 3,000 workforce would be laid off at the plant over the following 12 months. Manufacturing was moving to Poland as part of a massive cost cutting strategy. The first 450 layoffs would happen in May and the rest throughout 2009.
We spend twelve months with four very different families whose lives would be affected by the shocking news that day. We spend time in Limerick city and county and travel to Poland as we get to know these people as they brace themselves for an uncertain future, witnessing the highs and lows as they come to terms with their new circumstances.
This is a documentary about a community of people, from Limerick city and county, all struggling to come to terms with the impact of the layoffs. With unemployment rates in this area among the highest in the country, the chances of re-employment for many are slim. This documentary shares the stories of these ordinary people, bringing the viewer on an emotional journey where we witness, courage, despair and hope over the twelve months.
Executive Producer – Martha O’Neill
Executive Producer, RTÉ – Sarah Ryder
Ass Producer – Jacqui Meskell
Editor – Breege Rowley
Producer / Director- Adrian McCarthy
Prix Europa 2011, Nominated, Best TV Documentary
A hard-hitting, moving and ultimately inspiring documentary.
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