MAJOR FUNDING FOR CORK PROJECTS
DEPUTY Tom Barry has warmly welcomed two major funding streams for Cork East confirmed overnight.
Firstly, Dairygold has confirmed the creation of 100 temporary jobs as they progress with a €33m investment to expand and upgrade their milk processing facilities at Mitchelstown. The project is to be supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through Enterprise Ireland.
Deputy Barry outlined: “Dairygold continue to cement our growing reputation as a global centre for excellence in agri-business. The first 100 jobs as part of this investment will be created in the construction, installation and commissioning phase of the new processing facilities.
“Dairygold processes 20% of the country’s milk pool in their processes and exports to more than 50 countries. I have stated over and over again that export driven indigenous industries are at the heart of our economy and it is fantastic to see Dairygold expanding further.
“As we look forward to the abolition of milk quotas there is a deep sense of optimism in dairying – even after a tough few years. This sector is a major player in our economic recovery and I would like to congratulate Dairygold and wish them well with this project.”
The investment will see the creation of a six tonne per hour multi-purpose milk drying facility with associated infrastructure and will be the Irish Dairy industry’s first post-quota infrastructure to become operational.
Meanwhile, Fáilte Ireland last night sanctioned €2.5m towards the start-up of the Spike Island tourism project. Cork County Council has major plans for this project which will create an interpretative centre at the Fort Mitchell complex and is part of a wider tourism project encompassing the Cork Harbour region.
Deputy Barry said: “This ambitious project will be a major maritime tourism project and will create real jobs both directly and indirectly in the area. This kind of major investment continues the government’s focus on job creation and supporting the areas of industry in which we excel.”