SIPTU members working with Shannon Heritage DAC have said they are shocked at the decision by Clare County Council to outsource the food and beverage, and retail jobs at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Craggaunowen, Knappogue Castle and the retail unit at the Cliffs of Moher Experience. The union has described these jobs as "integral" to the visitor experience at some of Ireland's most important tourism destinations. Rachel Keane, SIPTU Industrial Organiser, said: "Our members are absolutely shocked at this announcement."These workers were looking forward to a secure future with the backing of Clare County Council following the transfer from Shannon Group earlier this year. The food and beverage, and retail departments are an integral part of the offering to visitors at these sites, which in turn are vital to Irish tourism."These workers are hugely concerned about their futures. We have arranged to meet with all of our members tomorrow evening and will discuss strategies to ensure these jobs remain inhouse." Caroline O’Sullivan, chairperson of the SIPTU Shannon Heritage Committee, said: "All of our members were thrilled when Clare County Council finally took over these sites. We looked forward to growing tourism in the region and protecting these iconic places for future generations."We did not foresee that Clare County Council was going to pick through and discard essential parts of the service without considering how interlinked they are. Many staff members currently working in food and beverage also work as animators, a role that is not under threat of outsourcing." Teresa Hannick, SIPTU Divisional Organiser, said: "We have informed management that we will not support the outsourcing of these jobs. Our members' jobs must remain inhouse where they belong."