Friday, October 21, 2016

Ridgeway's Investment means Jobs for Meath

Ridgeway’s recent expansion and boost in business cannot go un-noted in the context of the current economic climate – Doherty

Meath East Minister of State and Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty has today officially opened Ridgeway’s newest depot in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

The Meath based Minister, speaking at the opening this morning said “it certainly comes as no surprise that Ridgeway has joined many other national and multinational companies in coming to County Meath. Facebook, Shire and Ridgeway alike, have chosen to locate in Meath due to its close proximity to Dublin Airport, Dublin Port and the M50, notwithstanding the abundance of highly skilled and educated work-force located across the county. 

Minister Regina Doherty at the opening of Ridgeway's newest depot in Ashbourne, Meath
“The decision to locate in Ashbourne was indeed primarily based on the town’s infrastructure and extensive connectivity, however, there has been a welcomed boost in business from new customers in the immediacy of South Meath and North Dublin.  Ridgeway’s recent expansion and boost in business providing supplies to the construction and engineering industries cannot go un-noted in the context of the current climate of the national economy.” 

Doherty continued “our economy is stronger now than it was before the economic crash - the fastest growing in Europe in 2015 (GDP). It is through the facilitation of a practical environment in which to do business, Ridgeway, through its continued growth since its establishment in 1969 at its first premises in Belfast, is one of many contributors to the drop in Ireland’s unemployment rate which is now down to 7.9% since its peak of 15.1% in 2011. 

“Ridgeway, in all of its operations both north and south of the border, with its strong ability to trade nationally, is supporting local economies by employing locally and procuring supplies locally. Providing everything from fencing, scaffolding and building products to workwear, Ridgeway’s most recent investment is reflective of the reawakening from a slumber of 9 years (plus) for the construction industry. 

“I have lost count of the amount of opening and re-opening ceremonies of businesses I have attended, both locally and nationally, since January, with several more scheduled before the year is out. This Government continues to support job creation, which is also reflected in the announcement earlier this week of €22.3 million in funding for the research of 40 major research projects to include the promotion of industry collaboration.”

Concluding, Doherty said “we have not yet managed to get everybody back to work, or bring all of our economic migrant sons, daughters, nieces and nephews home to work; however, our stable Partnership Government will continue to deliver on our promise to do just that.” 

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