McDonald's creates 70 new jobs
McDonald's is to create 70 jobs in west Dublin at its new 24-hour drive-thru restaurant at the Liffey Valley retail park and says it is on track to create 300 new jobs in Ireland this year.
The fast-food group also opened a new development in May at the Cashel interchange on the M8 that created 82 jobs.
Two further new restaurants in Dublin are planned later this year at Gulliver's retail park in Ballymun, and the Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan.
The Liffey Valley expansion represents a €2m investment, the company said, and the majority of its employees are from the local west Dublin area.
McDonald's Liffey Valley and Lucan franchisee Gerry Hayden said it was a great time of year to open a new restaurant. "I expect that it will be busy from the very start. It is also a really positive development for the retail park."
The group's managing director in Ireland, John Atherton, said the new restaurant demonstrated McDonald's determination to create new Irish jobs
"We're on track to open two more restaurants this year, which means that more jobs will be available and that we will purchase more Irish produce than ever before in 2011," he said.
Around 5,000 tonnes or €6.5m worth of Irish beef is consumed annually across McDonald's restaurants in Ireland, with a further €110m exported into the McDonald's international supply chain in 2010.
McDonald's has 79 restaurants in Ireland and employs 3,850 staff.