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Varadkar promises support for businesses during Ukraine crisis

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WARM WELCOME An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is welcomed to the Multi-Colour Corporation plant in Castlebar by Managing Director John Fennessy and local TD Alan Dillon. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Tánaiste attends MCC facility in Castlebar for jobs announcement

Anton McNulty

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar has promised businesses affected by the war in Ukraine will be supported by his department.
The leader of Fine Gael was in Castlebar on Friday where he announced 30 high quality new jobs and a €4 million investment at the Multi-Color Corporation (MCC) facility in Castlebar.
Speaking at the launch, Leo Varadkar said that since becoming Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment he has prioritised supporting businesses affected by Brexit and Covid, and his department will continue to do so.
“The priority I set out as Minister is to help businesses get through Covid and Brexit and we will have to add to that list the war in Ukraine. Some businesses will be badly affected by that not because of direct sanctions between Ireland and Russia and Belarus but from the knock on affects from energy prices. We have to be prepared to support businesses now like we did through Brexit and during the pandemic. It is not just about supporting businesses but also protecting jobs and the people who work for those businesses and their spending in the wider economy,” he said.
The MCC facility on the Breaffy Road Business Park was formerly known as Cashin Print until it was purchased by MCC, the world’s largest premium label and packaging supplier, in 2016.
The company employs 13,000 people on 102 sites in 26 countries and the Castlebar site is one of three sites in Ireland employing almost 300 people in total.
MCC Castlebar specialises in print for the healthcare industry with 97 percent of its business in that area and is a preferred supplier for multi-nationals in the pharma/medical device sector. Their main products are multiple formats for Instructions For Use (IFU) including, folded inserts, outserts, patient information pads, log books and bound booklets.
The latest investment in the Castlebar site will bring the number of employees to 133 and speaking about the latest investment, Minister Varadkar said it was a good day for the local area.

Investment
“This is great news from MCC, investing €4m in the Castlebar site, creating 30 new jobs for the local area. This money will go towards preparing for the future, investing in increasing capacity and new technology. I wish the team all the very best with this expansion – it’s exactly the kind of thing we are trying to bring about with our regional enterprise plans,” he said.
Mr John Fennessy, General Manager of MCC, Castlebar, acknowledged the role played by the Cashin family in building up the company and MCC would continue their good work in Castlebar.
He said that technology in the industry is always evolving and the the investment into the Castlebar facility showed their commitment to the town.

Proud day
“This is a proud day for the entire team at MCC Castlebar and we are honoured to have the Tánaiste here to celebrate our jobs and investment announcements with us. I would like to acknowledge the support of Enterprise Ireland in helping to develop our business expansion into additional markets. I also want to pay tribute to our managers and the whole team. We have made huge strides over the last five years and look forward confidently to a bright future”.
Local TD Alan Dillon acknowledged the contribution made to the community by MCC and this investment is welcome news.
“I know John Fennessy as General Manager will ensure the company continues to put the best foot forward in terms of continued growth and expansion. I am conscious this is a major investment and I wish to thank MCC for their commitment to their base in Castlebar and on behalf of the local community in Mayo, I wish to thank them for their continued support,” said Deputy Dillon.