SIPTU representatives will begin negotiations with the provisional liquidator of Andersen Ireland Ltd, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, on Thursday, 26th September. The negotiations follow a meeting between all parties concerned with the liquidation of the custom jewellery manufacturer in Dublin on Friday (20th September).At this meeting, convened by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland, the parties decided to place job retention as their number one priority.SIPTU Organiser, Denis Gormalley, said: “job retention is the top priority and this can only be achieved through finding a mechanism to maintain the plant as a going concern.“The state agencies have assured us that every effort will be made to exhaust all possible avenues in this regard. We remain hopeful that some level of employment can be maintained in the short to medium term, which would make the plant a more attractive prospect to potential new owners.”He added: “Today, the provisional liquidator, Kieran Wallace, informed the membership of his intention to enter into negotiations with SIPTU under the provisions of collective redundancy.“While we welcome this move by the provisional liquidator it adds to the pressure, anxiety and uncertainty of our members who had believed they would know their fate today. They must now return home to their families in the hope that Thursday’s meeting will give them some form of certainty.A liquidator was appointed to Andersen Ireland Ltd on Wednesday (18th September), a move that has placed over 160 jobs in jeopardy.