Thursday, January 17, 2013

Doherty welcomes jobs boost for Ashbourne

78 indigenous jobs to be created at Tayto Park and Largo Foods

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement that 78 new jobs are being created at Tayto Park and Largo Foods in Co. Meath. Deputy Doherty added that the news would be a great boost to the local community in Ashbourne.

Speaking this morning at Tayto Park, where An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, is making the jobs announcement, Deputy Doherty said: ‘Tayto Park has been a huge success since it was opened in 2010, and I am delighted by today’s announcement that 78 new jobs are being created here and at the Largo Foods factory, which is just 100m away. This is a perfect example of how local, indigenous enterprises can expand and create jobs’.

“Our economy is going through a transition; from the old failed model based on banking and construction, to a new sustainable economy based on enterprise and innovation. While unemployment rates remain far too high, several indicators over the last few weeks provide evidence that the Government’s plan is beginning to work.

“Private sector employment – in companies like Tayto – is finally growing again for the first time in four years. More than 12,000 new jobs were created in the private sector last year; compare this to the fact that a quarter of a million jobs were lost in the private sector in Fianna Fáil’s final three years in office.

“Tayto is a company that is leading the way in two of the sectors which the Government has identified as having major growth potential; tourism and food production. Tayto Park has become a very successful tourist attraction and greatly adds to Meath’s overall potential to bring in domestic and foreign visitors. The tourism sector is a vital source of employment; with more people employed in tourism-related activities compared to March 2011. The agri-food sector is the star student of the Irish economy, enjoying bumper exports last year. This strong performance overseas is helping to support and create new jobs here at home.

“Largo Foods has successfully expanded into new overseas markets over the last year or so, and today’s announcement brings the total workforce at Tayto Park and Largo Foods to just under 800. This is just the sort of growth that the Government is trying to encourage through a range of initiatives and schemes aimed at making it easier for Irish home grown businesses to boost their sales overseas.

“The Government is determined to accelerate progress on tackling the jobs crisis. Announcements like that being made by Tayto today shows we are going in the right direction.”

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