Friday, January 29, 2016

THERE was a massive jobs boost for North Kildare this week with the announcement of 300 new jobs for a Naas based company along with almost 200 jobs for Timahoe.

Assisted living facility Nua Healthcare announced that it will be creating 800 new jobs over the next three years through planned development of their residential and day care facilities. The company said that 300 positions are to be delivered this year, across the social care spectrum, nursing and administrative support staff. The company, with offices on John’s Lane in Naas, said they will be opening 20 residential centres and associated day facilities, increasing its care capacity to 280 individuals by 2019.

There was further good news during the week when O’Brien Fine Foods announced on Thursday a €14m development at its ham processing plant in Timahoe.

The 8,000sq m development will see the creation of 40 new positions at the plant and around 150 jobs during construction.

“It is our ambition to become the leading producer in the cooked meats sector and today’s announcement is an important step in this process,” said John O’Brien, managing director at O’Brien Fine Foods.

“Not only will the investment in our facility significantly increase our operational capacity, but it will also improve our efficiency, expand our production capabilities to other proteins and positively impact our sustainability credentials.

“Most importantly, this is all underpinned by important job creation in the local area.”

This will bring the total number of jobs at the Timahoe plant from 270 to 310 over the next two years.

The news was welcomed by North Kildare Chamber.

“The next Government must ensure that the recovery of Ireland’s economy is driven by a generation of indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses that will provide a solid foundation of jobs and growth in Kildare and throughout the country,” said Allan Shine, chief executive of the chamber.

“I am particularly pleased  to see that so many of our members are becoming more outward looking, focusing on international markets and ultimately scaling up.”

The Timahoe facility produces both Brady Family and own label cooked meats for the delicatessen and pre-packed markets. Construction at the facility has commenced, with work expected to be completed in June 2016.

The news was welcomed also by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

“Brady Family Ham has been in business for almost 40 years, and produced on this site in Co Kildare for over 30,” said Minister  for Agriculture Simon Coveney.

“The company is an important part of the local community, as well as a significant employer in the local area. I welcome the additional employment that this development will create, and am delighted to see the business go from strength to strength.”

As well as being a significant employer in the area, O’Brien Fine Foods are very active in the local community, sponsoring Kildare GAA county hurling and football teams.

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By Lynda Doyle
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