The Nuremore Hotel and Country Club in Carrickmacross has been an important part of the south Monaghan economy and its regional tourism generation for several decades. That's according to Sinn Féin TD for Cavan-Monaghan Matt Carthy.
The company laid off its staff for 12 weeks on the premise that refurbishment works would be carried out but SIPTU - the union representing employees - insisted that the hotel had closed down, and as a consequence, staff had been done out of their entitlements.
Earlier today, in a post on social media, the hotel owners indicated that all memberships to the leisure facilities at the hotel have now been frozen. Speaking to Northern Sound, Deputy Carthy highlighted how there was "widespread community concerns" regarding the future use of the hotel and its associated facilities.
Deputy Carthy continued; "The hotel was purchased in 2018 by Mr Kai Dai, who is one of the biggest cash for visa brokers that has benefited from the immigrant investor programme.
"On numerous occasions employees at the company were not paid for several weeks. On the 1st of January last, most of the staff were placed on a temporary 12-week layoff, ostensibly for renovation works to be carried out but there has been no evidence of any works commencing.
"Since then, the staff have again not received their pay. The leisure centre, which was supposed to remain operational is now closed because the company did not pay its energy bills."