COUNTY WEXFORD is starting to make real progress on job creation, says Minister Richard Bruton.
He said Glanbia's recent announcement that it will create 1,600 jobs from the development of its Belview plant on the border of Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny is a great example of the progress the south east is making in addressing the employment crisis. This follows on from the new jobs announcements for Wexford by Eishtec and Danone Baby Nutrition.
Across the country, 250,000 jobs were lost in the private sector in the three years from 2008, representing well over 10% of all jobs in the country. For the south east, this came on top of historic problems with unemployment going back many years.
Faced with an unemployment crisis, people in the south east have turned to their own resources and traditional strengths to support new job-creation within their own communities.
'Through our South East Plan we have ensured that State supports are available where they are needed, says Bruton.
'In the past two years we have seen a series of significant jobs announcements for the south east, supported by the Department of Jobs. While multinational companies are and will remain central to our job-creation strategy, what is noticeable about the progress made by the South East in recent times is that so much of it has come from Irish companies.
* Danone Baby Nutrition will create 45 new jobs as part of a €20million investment in Wexford
* Irish company Eishtec has created over 600 jobs between Wexford and Waterford, supported by Enterprise Ireland
* Nypro announced 200 manufacturing jobs in Waterford, supported by IDA
* Irish high-tech company FeedHenry, based in Waterford, is recruiting an additional 100 people
* Dawn Meats is creating 65 new jobs in Waterford
The massive new facility being developed by Glanbia in Belview will be focussed exclusively on export markets. This is ground breaking for the south east and the wider Irish agri-food sector.
Thanks to their investment of €150 million, which is being supported by my Department through Enterprise Ireland, Glanbia says it will create 1,600 direct and indirect jobs for the south east. This is in addition to the 450 temporary construction jobs that the new facility will create.