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Ireland – Temporary construction jobs created following €100m investment

09 October 2012

Kerry Group is investing €100 million to fund a global technology and innovation centre in Ireland, creating 800 jobs as well as 400 immediate construction jobs, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland (DJEI) announced today.

The project will be part-funded by the DJEI which will generate 400 temporary construction jobs and 900 permanent positions in a drive to boost the country’s employment market. 

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton, said that “Central to the Government’s plans for jobs and growth is creating a powerful engine of indigenous enterprise.

“This historic announcement by Kerry Group … is great news for the Irish economy. This is the largest single investment in food innovation ever by a company in Ireland, and puts Ireland firmly at the forefront of global food innovation. Through implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs I am determined to continue improving supports to Irish enterprises so that we can see more businesses aiming high and creating the jobs we need,” he said.  

The investment has been hailed as one of the most important in the industry.

Kerry Group is Ireland’s largest Agri food and food innovation company, employing 24,000 people around the world.

The new Kerry Global Technology & Innovation Centre,  located on a 28-acre site in the Millennium Business Park in Naas, will accommodate 800 people in 2015 and a further 100 positions when fully commissioned by mid-2016. 

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