Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O Rourke, has welcomed the announcement by Dawn Farms that 150 jobs will be added to its workforce at the Kildare centre with an investment of €25m and has again called on the Government to make Naas and surrounding area of North Kildare a Food Hub.

“Dawn Farms is one of Ireland’s leading food companies and this announcement of the creation of 150 jobs, relates to its meat science and innovation centre in Naas, Co Kildare. It highlights the success of this company despite the challenging and changing economic times from an international market perspective.”

“This is great news for the company, its management, the employees and the wider area of North Kildare. It continues to give the industry here a vote of confidence in the midst of much international uncertainty and follows on from the positive announcement earlier this year that Dawn Farm Foods secured a significant contract to supply food products to Subway.”

“Since getting elected, I have campaigned for the area of North Kildare to be designated as a Food Hub. Naas and surrounding areas are home to many Food related companies, which have strong brands. Examples include, Kerry Food, Dawn Farm Food, Queally Group, Tara Vale Foods, Green Isle, Brady Farm Food located in Timahoe, and Ballymooney Foods located in Clane.” Stated Deputy O’Rourke.

“These companies continue to invest; in terms of product development, technology, human resources and infrastructure and I know from talking to people in this sector, they see a value to the area being designated as a Food Sector hub. We must always try and keep ahead of the curve and I believe that designating the area as a Food Hub will give us an additional edge, and assist in developing a centre of excellence for the Food Sector in Naas, adding to its reputation.”

“The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry which employs over 175,000 people with a yearly turnover of €11bn highlighting its importance to the economy. Our food sector must remain on the Government’s agenda in relation to the Brexit negotiation.” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.