Taoiseach in Naas for Kerry Group sod turning

Toaiseach Enda Kenny took time out from abortion legislation debates in Dail Eireann to visit Naas for a sod turning ceremony at the site of the Kerry Group plant at Millennium Park on Wednesday afternoon, July 10.

Work has started on the 28 acre site which will serve as Kerry Group’s global technology and innovation centre for customers across three continents.

The €100m. project will eventually lead to the creation of 800 jobs by the end of 2014 and an additional 100 positions when the plant is fully operational over 3 years from now.

Already 200 people are working for Kerry in buildings elsewhere in Millennium Park, the controversial business park which is not fully occupied.

It is estimated that some 400 people will be involved during the construction phase of the project.

Mr. Kenny, who performed the official sod turning ceremony - or ground breaking ceremony as the company referred to it - said: “this is a brilliant occasion by a truly valuable company. He said the growth achieved by Kerry demonstrated that there is nothing Irish people cannot do if they put their minds to it.

“This will showcase to the world what we are capable of,” Mr. Kenny added.

The company opened its first manufacturing plant in Listowel in 1972.

Today it is valued at €8 billion and employs 24,000 people across the world.

- Paul O’Meara.