Strategic plan for milk jobs
FRIDAY'S announcement from Glanbia that they will create 90 jobs in Dublin and Monaghan was very welcome indeed, and further proof, if it were needed, that the boom in the food sector is continuing unabated.
One thing that will stand out for a lot of people is the location of the jobs. Glanbia's head office is in Kilkenny. Its heartland -- and milk suppliers -- are at least perceived to be focused on the south and southeast. That being the case, why create milk production as far north as Monaghan, and IT jobs in Dublin?
In truth, the southern perception is an anachronism at this stage. Glanbia now has milk suppliers on both sides of the border, and Monaghan has the added advantage of being home to the old Kozy Shack processing plant, so there is a ready-made capacity to handle the increased milk production.
Meanwhile, the company is setting up its EMEA headquarters in Citywest in Dublin to allow people who are on the road all the time to work in an office that is an hour from Kilkenny but still close to the airport. And the IT staff Glanbia will be taking on in Dublin are probably in the city already.
Kilkenny is still widely regarded as a great place to live, but for better or worse many outsiders still look at their working lives as 'Dublin or bust'.
Let the inter-county rows commence.