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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Kenny reveals his appetite for burgers during meat and greet jobs mission

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TAOISEACH Enda Kenny prefers a quarter pounder but revealed he orders an occasional Big Mac when he visits McDonald's.

Mr Kenny was on a visit to the south-east, where almost 140 new jobs were announced by three separate companies yesterday.

He visited Dawn Meats in Co Waterford where the country's third biggest multi-national employer -- McDonald's -- has committed to a €300m contract.

The factory in Carroll's Cross will process up to 18,000 tonnes of Irish beef for McDonald's every year, which equates to three million hamburgers per day.

One in five burgers consumed in McDonald's restaurants in Europe are made from Irish beef.

A total of 65 new jobs have been created at the new beef-processing facility.

Speaking at the opening of the factory yesterday, Mr Kenny said when parents brought their children for a Happy Meal, they should "remember that it could be from here".

When asked about his favourite burger, he replied: "A quarter pounder, of course.

"A Big Mac occasionally, depending on the time of day or night," he added.

Elsewhere, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton was also in Waterford to announce that pharmaceutical manufacturer EirGen Pharma is to create 30 new positions.

EirGen Pharma is an export-focused company that specialises in the developmentof highly specialised oncology drugs for the global market.

The jobs are in R&D.

Meanwhile, Mr Bruton also visited the Danone baby-food plant in Wexford yesterday, where 45 new jobs have been created.

Irish Independent

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