Minister for Employment and Small Business meets North Clare Producer at Bloom 2016

June 7th, 2016 - Pat Breen

qu8a4625The Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen T.D. visited Bloom 2016, Bord Bia’s Annual Horticulture and Food Festival, in the Phoenix Park, on Friday morning last.

In addition to the Showgardens and Floral Displays, over 110 Food Irish producers were participating including a big number of Irish Food and Drink Produce exhibitors.

Among the Irish Food exhibitors, that Minister Breen met on the day was Birgitta Curtin of the Burren Smokehouse, a family run business which Birgitta set up with her husband Peter in 1989 in Lisdoonvarna.

Speaking following his visit to Bloom, Minister Breen said that the “Irish Agri Food and Drink Exports were worth approximately €10.8bn in 2015. Our food producers are making an enormous contribution and local businesses like the Burren Smokehouse is playing a significant contribution to improving our economy and creating local jobs.

Given the high quality of the products the Burren Smokehouse Ltd has a very strong National and International Reputation and I was delighted to meet Brigitta at Bloom and to see Clare’s finest products show cased at the event, where Food Buyers from all across Ireland, the UK and even the Middle East were attending.

“Our Governments Mid-West Action Plan for Jobs aims to increase employment in this region by 10-15% by 2020. This plan recognises that a vibrant start-up and SME culture is crucial to sustainable employment, growth and economic diversity.

As Minister for Employment and Small Business, I look forward to working with our SME Sector. By working together we can grow the SME Sector and create additional employment in our towns and villages.”

ENDS.

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Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen T.D., Birgitta Curtin, Burren Smokehouse Ltd & Aidan Cotter, CEO Bord Bia at Bloom 2016