McDonalds – 30 years in Ireland

March 26th, 2010 - Pat Breen

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Deputy Pat Breen T.D., pictured at the Launch which took place in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin on the 3rd March last are from left to Right John Atherton, Managing Director, McDonalds Restaurants Ireland; An Taoiseach Brian Cowen T.D. and  Kieran McDermott, who operates the McDonalds Outlets in Ennis and Limerick.

McDonald’s is now over 30 years established in Ireland and on the 3rd March last they officially launched a report recognising the contribution of McDonald’s to the Irish Economy.

McDonalds opened in Ireland in 1977 with its first restaurant on Dublin’s Grafton St and Ireland was the first European country to have a drive-thru McDonald’s in 1985. They now operate 78 stores nationwide. In total, McDonalds directly employ 3,591 people in Ireland. Up to 244 people are employed by McDonalds in the Western Region which includes Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Clare and the expenditure on wages and salaries generates €3.8 million in direct income in the Region. Two McDonalds units are located in County Clare in Ennis and Shannon and run by well-known local businessman Kieran McDermott.