SENIOR officials from Enterprise Ireland and the IDA will accompany the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys when she visits Athy this Thursday.
The visit follows the announcement from Coca Cola last month that it is to leave the town with the loss of 82 jobs.
The minister’s impending visit was welcomed by local Deputy Martin Heydon.
“I am delighted that Minister Humphreys has agreed to come to Athy and see at first hand the economic and employment situation in Athy and the greater south Kildare area along with the challenges that we face in the region,” he said.
During the visit the Minister and the IDA and Enterprise Ireland officials will receive a brief on the employment situation in South Kildare and they will meet representatives of local business presently operating in the area.
Senior officials from Kildare Co Council, Kildare South TDs, local councillors and representatives of the Kildare Local Enterprise Office have also been invited to attend and engage with the delegation.
“This is a unique opportunity for us to have a focused meeting on the employment landscape in South Kildare, to hear from some of those who run business and employ people in the area and for us to examine additional key supports needed.
“My goal from this meeting is that the Jobs Minister, along with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland focus on helping us to develop further supports for employment opportunities in South Kildare. My priorities are the development of an apprenticeship and training centre in Athy and the expansion of enterprise supports for start up’s and entrepreneurs, to help us create more employment opportunities, but this can only be achieved with Government support. We also will discuss what more can be done to help South Kildare attract big business and employers to the area,” he said.