Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton today (Tuesday) announced details of 50 new jobs at Green Isle Foods in Longford town.
The Jobs Minister was scheduled to confirm the news at a press briefing at around 3pm, after the Leader went to print.
Part of the €30m expansion plan, which will also see 65 jobs come on stream at its Portumna-based facility, will see a new bakery line being installed as well as a new packaging and pizza topping equipment section.
Longford-Westmeath by-election candidate Gabrielle McFadden said the news couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Investment in the Longford plant will also position it to win further business across the food group as its capacity and capability increases,” she said.
“Today’s (Tuesday) announcement for Longford is an endorsement of the Government’s commitment to regional job creation and to make the recovery local we need more of the 1,000 new jobs being created every week to be located in Longford and Westmeath.”
Fine Gael TD James Bannon told the Leader he had spoken to Mr Bruton just ahead of an expected cabinet meeting this morning, but could not comment any further.
He did, however, admit the likely announcement represented a “huge boost” to the local economy.
“I very much welcome what will be made known later on,” he said.
“What something like this does is it sends out a very strong and important message that Longford is open for business.”