SIPTU representatives have called for an urgent meeting with Nestlé Wyeth Nutritionals management following today's shock announcement that the company plans to close the Askeaton plant in county Limerick in the first quarter of 2026 with a potential loss of 542 jobs. SIPTU Organiser, Ciara McMahon-Flavin, said: "Today's announcement is horrendous for the workers and their families and has come as a complete shock. We are calling for an urgent meeting with management to ensure that a future is maintained for this longstanding and successful site.”SIPTU Sector Organiser, Neil McGowan, said: "The plant has provided good employment in the area for decades. It is vital that the decision to close is reversed and as many jobs as possible can be maintained on the site.  We are also calling for immediate intervention from the Government to save these jobs that are so vital to the Midwest region. "SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Greg Ennis, said: "I will be raising matters at a European Federation of Food, Agriculture, and Tourism (EFFAT) Executive Committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow in Brussels with a view to engaging with the Nestlé European Works Council (EWC)."