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Limerick's last milk plants to close

Limerick is to lose the last of its milk plants, bringing to an end the 120-year old tradition of milk processing in the city and county.

Following approval of the Competition Authority for the takeover by Glanbia of the Kerry Group liquid milk operations in the midwest, the company has announced that operations are to cease at the former Golden Vale milk packaging plant at Landsdowne, Limerick, and the Dawn Dairies plant at Clare Street. The Kerry Group depot at Coookstown in Tallaght, Dublin will also be affected.

The Glanbia rationalisation will result in the loss of 65 jobs in the Limerick centres and a further 20 jobs at Dublin.

Several activities from the affected sites will be transferred to Glanbia's existing operations in Kildare, Louth and Dublin.

In addition, Glanbia has said that it will consolidate the sales and logistics activities for the region by opening a new depot and office in Limerick.

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