Belfast Telegraph

Food sector jobs sweeten outlook for beleagured government

By Ed Carty

More than 300 new jobs were announced in the Republic’s food sector yesterday as the Government faced damning criticism over unemployment.

Fast food giant McDonald's is to create 250 posts in a €12m expansion, opening three restaurants in greater Dublin and one other outside the capital.

And Australian healthcare business Probiotec will take on 70 workers when its European headquarters opens in Dundalk, Co Louth, making Celebrity Slim products for the European market.

Tanaiste Mary Coughlan said the new manufacturing plant reaffirmed Ireland's reputation for excellence in the food sector.

“This project will also add significant value to locally sourced raw materials, particularly dairy ingredients,” she said.

“It also says a lot about the very high regard for the Irish food sector across the globe.”

The McDonald's expansion will take its Irish workforce to 3,850.

The company said it plans further openings next year and again in 2012 and that recruitment for the first 250 positions would begin in July of this year.

The food sector in Ireland employs about 46,000 people and adds €8bn euro to the economy.

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