Calls for fresh investment at Kilmeaden cheese factory site

Fianna Fáil's John O'Leary.

Fianna Fáil's John O'Leary.

Calls have been made for investment in Kilmeaden, and specifically at the former Glanbia factory in the village.

At the March plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council, Fianna Fáil Cllr John O’Leary highlighted the need for job creation.

He welcomed the opening of the new Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd plant in Belview and the jobs boost which it brings to the area, describing it as “outstanding”.

However, he highlighted the need for new investment in his own area of Kilmeaden.

“Glanbia has a top class plant located in Kilmeaden which has been closed for a number of years. It has been a huge loss for the locality,” he explained.

Established in the 1960s, the Kilmeaden cheese factory won numerous awards over the years for its world-famous ‘fillet of cheddar’.

However, Glanbia management decided to close the plant at the end of its seasonal production cycle in 2006, with all cheese production being transferred to Ballyragget in north Kilkenny.

Cllr O’Leary said the factory had provided employment for many people from the surrounding areas.
He called on the council, and specifically the Economic Development committee, to take account of the importance of establishing industry in Kilmeaden and using the Glanbia plant to its full potential.

“Kilmeaden Cheese is known all over the world. While we still have the brand name, Kilmeaden doesn’t have the employment,” he said.

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