Meat factory in Kildare delays planned re-opening

86 workers at O'Brien Fine Foods in Timahoe, Co Kildare have so far tested positive
Meat factory in Kildare delays planned re-opening
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One of the meat factories which has had a large Covid-19 outbreak has delayed its planned re-opening by almost a week.

86 workers at O'Brien Fine Foods in Timahoe, Co Kildare have so far tested positive.

It suspended normal operations last Wednesday and announced plans to test more employees.

The company's proposed date for resuming full operations has now been pushed back from August 18 to August 24.

The company says they are adopting “a slow, controlled, and phased approach to the resumption of normal operations”.

The plant will only resume full operations upon HSE approval and that testing will continue while operational at 14-day intervals.

They added that only those employees who have been approved by the HSE will return to work.

In a statment, the company thanked their employees, “the community of Timahoe, our customers and suppliers.” 

It added: “This sudden spike is difficult to comprehend for all of us and we will continue to take every necessary action to address it in full.” 

Meanwhile, the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee is to sit in emergency session on Thursday to discuss last weeks decision to impose a local lockdown in Kildare, Laois and Offaly.

Yesterday, a proposal was sent to members where the Committee would discuss the situation in meat plants, as well as the State's response to a spike in cases and the implications of a zero-Covid policy.

***This article was amended to include the correct location of the O'Brien Fine Food plant in Co Kildare, and not in Co Laois as originally stated.

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