Dáil Éireann - Volume 507 - 01 July, 1999

Written Answers. - Job Creation.

27. Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the action, if any, he is taking to provide alternative employment in Midleton, County Cork, following the closure of a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16960/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): My Department and Enterprise Ireland are continuing their efforts to obtain an alternative enterprise for the Midleton facility. In that context, negotiations between Enterprise Ireland and a major food company are currently at an advanced stage. As I have indicated previously, it is, of course, essential that this process should not be prejudiced in any way. I expect the negotiations to conclude shortly and I remain optimistic of a successful outcome.