Cowen: supermarket is vote of confidence in economy
TAOISEACH Brian Cowen yesterday claimed the creation of 266 jobs in a major new supermarket is a "vote of confidence" in the Irish economy.
A new Tesco store opened in Naas, Co Kildare, as part of the company's €113m national investment plan, which will create 748 new jobs in Ireland this year.
Mr Cowen said the investment represented a "vote of confidence" from Tesco in the Irish economy.
The supermarket, which opened its doors yesterday morning, was forced to cap the number of applications for the 266 positions at 3,000 due to the overwhelming demand.
Mr Cowen described Tesco as a "very significant employer" in Ireland and thanked them for their "wonderful investment".
Some €30m was invested in the new Tesco Extra store, which features a number of environmental initiatives such as a combined heat and power (CHP) unit which will heat and provide additional electrical power for the store, solar-sensitive lighting systems, and rainwater recycling.
The supermarket claims its carbon footprint will be 35pc less than of a conventional store.
The new store will form part of a new shopping centre currently under construction. It is hoped some 450 people will be employed when it opens next summer.