Takeover of an Abbeyleix distillery is an opportunity for futher investment in the plant according to Fianna Fáil candidate Cllor John Joe Fennelly.
The Abbeyleix/Portlaoise candidate welcomed the acquisition of First Ireland Spirits Company Limited by European Drinks Group, Quintessential Brands.
With 50 people employed, he said First Ireland has been a good source of employment since 1993. Over this time they have produced large volumes of liqueurs with a global market. He said the acquisition by Quintessential Brands, which is a major European drinks group, is a vote of confidence in First Ireland and Abbeyleix.
“As a local Councillor I hope that this will be an opportunity for further investment in the Abbeyleix plant which has a proven track record and will add significantly to the european group.
“The new group will have greater marketing and research resources and this should enable future developments to take place in Abbeyleix to increase the output and employment in the town,” he said.
He thanked the new owners for their confidence Abbeyleix.