McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland yesterday opened its new drive-thru restaurant in Dublin Airport. McDonald’s has invested €2 million into the new restaurant and delivered 60 new jobs as a result.
The new dual lane drive-thru restaurant, open 24/7, is based on the main exit road from Dublin Airport, ideally located close to the M1 and M50.
The delivery of the 60 jobs is the latest phase in McDonald’s expansion plans and commitment to create 700 new jobs and open 12 new restaurants, investing over €20 million in McDonald’s Ireland by the end of 2015.
It is the third restaurant McDonald’s have opened in Ireland this year, and is the country’s first ever two-storey drive-thru, and is the first globally to have an interior ‘Airport Lounge’ theme.
McDonald’s Ireland MD Adrian Crean said: “Our continuing expansion plans mean that we are able to increase not only the jobs we directly create for the Irish economy, but also the amount of locally sourced Irish agricultural produce that we purchase, including Bord Bia Quality Assured Irish beef, bacon, eggs, dairy produce and bottled water, thereby helping to sustain jobs in the agri-food sector.”
Vincent Harrison, Managing Director of Dublin Airport Authority welcomed the announcement, saying: “This new drive-thru restaurant is a great addition to the airport and a fantastic option for passengers exiting the airport campus. The restaurant is bright, inviting and has embraced modern lifestyles with free Wi-Fi and iPads for customers to use. This McDonald’s is already proving to be very popular with both passengers and airport staff.”
McDonald’s has invested a total of €64 million in opening new restaurants and refurbishing existing restaurants in Ireland over the past six years (2008-2014). The company has created 1,200 new jobs during this time.
The new McDonald’s restaurant in Dublin Airport will bring the total number of McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland to 86, with a workforce of approximately 4,500 employees.