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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Smithwicks to axe 35 as kegging moves to capital

Fiona Ellis and Ralph Riegel

THE Smithwicks brewery will axe a third of its employees before the end of the year.

The planned cuts at Smithwicks come just as it celebrates 300 years of brewing in Kilkenny by opening a new tour and exhibition at the historical site.

A total of 35 employees at the St Francis Abbey Brewery, founded in 1710, will be made redundant in the coming months because Diageo are moving kegging to Dublin.

The redundancies will reduce the workforce to less than 60.

Two years ago a decision was made by Diageo to close the brewery in Kilkenny and move its premises to Dublin. The decision was put on hold because of the recession.

Meanwhile, independent oil group Amber yesterday confirmed the creation of 65 new jobs, bringing its nationwide workforce to 365 -- as part of a €7m investment programme.

Amber Oil is upgrading and expanding its network of filling stations, including the construction of a major new flagship facility in Fermoy, Co Cork.

The company also signalled that it is in talks with a number of other independent Irish operators with a view to expanding further the Amber network.

It now operates 23 stations around the country.

Irish Independent

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