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120 New Jobs with Quinlans Seafood

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120 New Jobs with Quinlans Seafood

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 

120 New Jobs with Quinlans Seafood

120 new jobs are to be created by the family owned Quinlan’s Seafood business.

Based in Kerry, Quinlans is to open a series of seafood bars across the country. Quilan’s Seafood has been praised for its entrepreneurial spirit by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney.

The company currently employs 74 staff at its fish processing plant in Renard, retail outlets in Cahersiveen and Killorglin and seafood bars in Killarney and Tralee.

Managing Director of Quinlan’s Seafood, Liam Quinlan, said the new seafood bar on Princes Street in Cork, which employs 24 people, is the latest stage in an expansion which will see the firm open five more outlets across the country in the next 12 months. “We believe the Irish economy has recovered and that is why we are investing in the high street”.

Speaking at the opening of the company’s latest seafood bar on Princes Street in Cork, Minister Coveney said the company, was an example of what an indigenous Irish company can achieve. “Quinlan’s are a great example of an Irish company that has grown its business and has created much needed employment and with their seafood bars are now showcasing the best of Irish fish while adding maximum value to our marine harvest” Mr Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Quinlan’s are now the most decorated Smoked Salmon producer in Ireland and has continued its phenomenal year of food awards by topping the taste test at the annual Blas na hÉireann, Irish Food Awards.

Visit Quinlan's Seafood website here

The CareersPortal Team