Firstly, the fact that Mr. Sean McHenry has finally decided to speak about the situation is to be welcomed but his perspective skewed.
He is quoted as saying in regards to the peaceful protest staged by some of the workers outside his home that “It’s not very pleasant for my wife and family. My wife won’t go outside the house now, which is unfortunate. But we’ll get through it.”
Again, can we have some perspective please. Mr McHenry can not even begin to imagine how ‘unpleasant’ it has been for 32 workers to spend the last 41 days and nights living in a cold, damp and dreary factory because their rights are being denied. The workers spent Christmas and New Year’s away from their homes and their loved ones. Some of the workers have become ill and one is now in hospital. There is no need to go into detail on the stress and the pyschological impact this is having on the workers and their families. It is beyond ‘unpleasant’.
He is also quoted as saying in reference to the dispute “At the moment, I have no intention of doing anything about it.” Implying that the protest at his residence has caused him to deviate from some imagined course of proactivity to reach a resolution. This is absurd and clever play with words. He was doing nothing and he never expressed any intention of using his considerable influence to do anything about this dispute. The protest outside his home did not not knock him off some honourable course.
On a professional-level,Mr.McHenry is a director of the company. He remains a shareholder in the company and was at the company for 53 years. On a personal level, he is Mr.Ronan’s Father-in-Law. The combination of these two factors allows Mr.Henry considerable influence. Why then is he not using this influence to advise his son-in-law to do the decent and just thing by delivering a fair settlement?
Mr. McHenry’s commentary on Jack Ronan’s engagement with the LRC and NAMA amounts to somebody saying something without really saying anything! The fact that he choses to ignore the manoeuvre, made by Mr.Ronan, which effectively led to the collapse of the talks is expected but also telling. His selective referencing, on this matter, make his comments ring hollow.
Furthermore, there are comments in today’s press from other members of the McHenry family. In these comments it is suggested that we are being used or lead by sections of the media and politicians for their own ends. Firstly, we know our own minds and we know very well the nature and dynamics of this situation. There is nothing to be gained by suggesting anything else.
If we have been used as pawns or hostages it has been by the company owners.