Widespread welcome for jobs announcement

THERE has been widespread welcome for 1,600 jobs at a Glanbia facility in Belview.

THERE has been widespread welcome for 1,600 jobs at a Glanbia facility in Belview.

The announcement was made on Tuesday when Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, said it was to create over 1,600 direct and indirect jobs in their new facility in Belview. Through Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, will part fund this development which will lead to the establishment of a world class dairy facility

“The scope of this project is fantastic – and it will have a great effect on farm incomes, and the local economy which will in turn will be a great boost for the rural economy in general” said Deputy Phelan

“It is hoped that this announcement will attract in the region of €400 million per annum to the economy. Construction on the site is set to begin by mid-May with the new facility ready to open in Spring 2015”

“This is a massive boost for Ireland’s Agri-food sector and represents the largest single investment in the Dairy sector in the history of this country. It is all part of this Government’s commitment to get people back to work and not only will Glanbia Ingredients create 1,600 jobs here for the future, but there will also be a further 400 jobs offered during the construction phase of this facility”, concluded the Deputy.

Kilkenny Chamber President, Donie Butler also welcomed the new jobs news.

“What a wonderful boost it was for Kilkenny with the creation of over 1600 jobs both direct and indirectly by Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Limited with an added contribution of an estimated €400 million per annum to the economy”.

Continuing he said, “The creation of an additional 450 jobs during the construction phase of the plant is a hugely significant boost to all in the building industry. Glanbia is a shining example of what can be achieved from home grown enterprise and innovation, it exports to more than 50 countries, employs over 500 people and is a remarkable success story in the Food/Agri sector.”