Beef processing for McDonald’s European outlets is to reconvene at the Dawn Meats plant at Carroll’s Cross on Monday next, May 25, just over two months since the facility ceased production for the fast food giant.
“The reopening of Carroll’s Cross is great news for staff and our supplier farmers, and an important confidence boost for all who have been affected by the closure of restaurants and the loss of the associated production,” said Dawn Meats Chief Executive Niall Browne.
“We are particularly pleased that we have been able to maintain secure employment for all staff, thereby ensuring our ability to swiftly restart production as restaurants reopen on a phased basis as planned.”
Since March 18, Dawn has redeployed all 50 affected employees at Carroll’s Cross “to other parts its business to cater for the increased demand from Irish retail customers and a surge in online meat sales” according to a spokesperson.
“Team members will now return to the McDonald’s plant in accordance with enhanced protocols, allowing production to recommence smoothly to meet the required demand as McDonald’s restaurants begin the re-opening process both in Ireland and across other European markets.”
Reflecting what has been enacted at the other Dawn Meats facilities including its principal facility at Grannagh, “a comprehensive range of measures has been introduced to ensure social distancing and a safe production environment is maintained at all times”.
This includes the “enhanced cleaning of contact surfaces and communal areas, installation of protective perspex screens and issuance of visors for use by staff”.
As Group Development Manager Paul Nolan told RTE’s Damien O’Reilly on Saturday last’s ‘CountryWide’: “In fairness to our Managing Director Niall Browne, right from the get-go, back as early as late February, he put together a Covid team of senior directors and they have come up with policies and actions that we implement based on the best advice and the examples and experience that they have found to be existing elsewhere. And what they do is they meet daily and indeed at the weekends and the information is constantly updated because we’re in a fluid situation and that cascades to all the staff in all the Dawn Group sites through the individual site Covid teams.”