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McDonald's to create 1,000 jobs

FAST-food group McDonald's has announced a major expansion plan that will see the creation of up to 1,000 jobs here over the next two years.

The company, which has been reworking its image over a number of years, is due to invest €20m in restaurants in 2013 and 2014.

The Irish section of the American chain earlier this month reported a 3.3pc increase in profits for its 12 directly owned stores to €209m for 2011.

A further 70 outlets are run here as franchises which were not included in the figures.

It is expected that 12 new restaurants, employing around 60 staff will open across the country by the end of 2014.

McDonald's Ireland managing director Adrian Crean unveiled the details at the opening of the newest restaurant in Swords, Co Dublin.

The Airside Retail Park restaurant will be the third new McDonald's outlet to open this year and will bring the total number of restaurants in Ireland to 83.

Last year McDonald's, which employs almost 4,000 people here, refurbished 17 of it's restaurants in Ireland which cost the US company €5m.

McDonald's also signed a €300m deal earlier this year with Dawn Meats to supply beef to its restaurants here.

The first Irish McDonald's outlet was opened in 1977 on Dublin's Grafton Street.