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New jobs at Kiernan Structural Steel further good news on the jobs front for Longford – Burke

30th May 2016 - Peter Burke TD

Fine Gael TD for Longford Westmeath, Peter Burke, says the 50 new jobs announced at Kiernan Structural Steel are further good news on the jobs front for Longford.

“Kiernan’s is a family owned company which has been in operation for 27 years and employs 150 people. The 50 new jobs are part of a €3.5m investment in the company, which has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

“The announcement is one of many positive developments for Longford of late and proof that Fine Gael is continuing to deliver on its pledge to prioritise job creation and reduce unemployment in the county. There are some very positive developments on the horizon for the Longford – the largest being the new massive Centre Parcs project, which got planning permission earlier this year. The holiday village, which will include 470 lodges and 30 apartments, will be a huge employer for Longford in the coming years. The €223m facility will see 1,000 jobs created in the region and 750 jobs will be created during its construction.

“The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office reveal that in the Midlands region, employment has increased from 114,000 to 117,400 in the last year. This is an increase of 3,400 jobs.

“Job creation is the key to sustaining local communities and services throughout Longford and I am committed to working for the county, as part of this new Government, to ensure that the positive trend continues.”

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