KILDARE is to receive a major jobs boost with the creation of 75 news jobs in two new enterprises in Monasterevin and Kilcullen.
Fifty jobs will be created by the opening of Ireland’s first ever privately owned motorway service area station near Monasterevin, while 25 new positions are in the pipeline for new healthcare facility, Nua, in Kilcullen.
The motorway service area station at Junction 14 Mayfield, opens this Friday, June 17 on the M7 Motorway, which links Dublin to Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Clare. The project, which was developed by the Fitzpatrick brothers, Donal and Liam, took eight years to become a reality. The Monasterevin businessmen have been trading in the town for over 40 years.
“It’s going to bring jobs and it’s going to bring business to the area. Monasterevin was bypassed in 2004 and this is going to put Monasterevin back on the map,” said Donal.
He said the facility would also provide information to passing tourists about the local attractions. He said it would also help with road safety where drivers could take breaks on long journeys.
The franchises include Supermacs (open from 11am to 11pm), Insomnia and Spar Express. The Junction 14 Mayfield Food Service Counter opens from 6am-9pm and will provide the option of a traditional deli or a carvery service.
At a cost of E7 million, the new station has a 24-hour Texaco fuel stop, 24-hour toilets with shower facilities, ATM service, charging points for electric cars, car wash facility, 170 car parking spaces, 25 truck spaces and five bus parking spaces.
The long awaited service area has been welcomed by the AA and the Irish Road Hauliers Association. Conor Faughnan of the AA said, “The M 7 services area is not an optional extra but an essential safety feature. I did an interview for Morning Ireland pointing out we had a fantastic motorway network but that there was nowhere to go to the toilet on the M7 and this statement made the international news wires which didn’t help our image.” Irish Hauliers Association, president, Vincent Caulfield said it would mean his members could now take their required rest periods at a custom built facility.
Meanwhile, Nua Healthcare is due to open a facility in Kilcullen this July. It will be a new purpose designed facility catering for individuals with intellectual disabilities and problems associated with ageing, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The facility comprises of eight en-suite bedrooms for residents, secure landscaped gardens, multiple social rooms and specialist bathing/therapy areas.
Ed Dunne, CEO of Nua Healthcare said: “There is a significant gap in services for individuals affected by these conditions in Ireland and Nua Healthcare is delighted to be opening these facilities to offer a quality alternative to non specialist centres. We offer services to individuals from all over Ireland.”
“We are starting the recruitment search for both facilities now and we will be looking for individuals in the areas of Nursing and Social Care disciplines. We hope to have these roles filled within the next three to four weeks”.
With additional reporting by Laurence McCormack