The government have committed grant assistance in excess of half a million euro to Gaoth Dobhair based Largo Food Exports Ltd.
The funds will be used to update equipment and for research and development into new products to be produced in Gaoth Dobhair for the Irish and British markets.
Largo will also invest more than €2.3 million into the Gaoth Dobhair operation this year for the same initiatives, bringing to the total investment to more than €2.9 million.
Announcing the news, Dinny McGinley, TD, minister of state for the Gaeltacht said, “This €579,564 investment is vital in securing the continued presence of Largo Food Exports Ltd. in Gaoth Dobhair.”
He said the state’s investment reflected the government’s commitment “to consolidating employment in areas such as Gaoth Dobhair in order to sustain viable rural communities and, in particular, to support the Irish language as the community language in a strong Gaeltacht heartland.”
An Údaras spokesperson said the new investment, “will help sustain current employment for the company in Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair, and growth in the future, by increasing capacity, improving efficiencies and looking at the development of the number of products that are made on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.”
The minister said the announcement underscores the government’s commitment to retaining the Údarás enterprise development function and to the 20-year strategy for the Irish language.
“The creation of jobs in Gaeltacht areas is central to the aim of the strategy, which is to ensure that the Irish language is passed from generation to generation as a vibrant family and community language,” Minister McGinley said.
Largo Food is the parent company of Arán Pita Éireann Teo., Bia Ghaoth Dobhair Teo. and Bia Ghaoth Barra Teo., which supply snack foods to national and international retailers and also produce snack foods for Largo under the Tayto brand.
Largo currently supports the equivalent of 125 full-time jobs in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, and the Údarás spokesperson said Largo spends €1.7 million on local services annually. The minister commended the company and its CEO, Raymond Coyle, for their ongoing commitment to the Gaoth Dobhair operation.