The Barack Obama Plaza will open for business this weekend at Junction 23, Moneygall on the M7, creating over 70 jobs for local people.
The long awaited Motorway Services Station and Food Court will not only provide much needed services to M7 motorists but will also incorporate a Visitor Centre commemorating the visit of the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama to his ancestral birthplace of Moneygall. The capital investment of €7m singles out the development as one of the most significant business ventures in the Midlands Region in the past ten years. Construction work on the site which has been completed in record time generated 120 jobs mainly in the local economy.
The Founding Directors of Supermac’s Ireland who developed the site, Pat and Una McDonagh, focused from the outset on ensuring that the job creation benefit of the Plaza would be centred on the local area. Both Directors expressed delight at the success of the recruitment campaign which has seen the vast majority of employees drawn from the local area of North Tipperary and Offaly.
Pat McDonagh cited the significance of the employment numbers comparing the payroll of 70 to the total population of Moneygall at 300 people. Mr McDonagh said Supermac’s is “delighted to bring this level of sustainable income to communities in villages and towns whose economy is otherwise threatened by modern consumer drift to Cities and online shopping.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.