Diageo to review Irish operations


Diageo could have to cut jobs at its four Irish plants.THE OWNER OF the world-famous Guinness brewery is to restructure its operations across Europe – with the potential loss of jobs at its four Irish-based facilities.

Diageo, which brews and distributes the famous Guinness stout as well as Harp, Smithwick’s, Kilkenny as well as holding European licences to brew many big-name US beers, is reviewing its operations across the continent in line with its restructuring.

The Irish Times, reporting the news, said the plan’s proposed restructuring would be “significant” – with the possibility of job losses at the company’s three breweries at St James’s Gate, Dundalk and Kilkenny and at the Bushmills whiskey distillery in Co Antrim.

Diageo employs about 1800 people across the four Irish plants.

The company said in a statement that it was too early to indicate whether jobs would be cut as a result of the plan, and that employees would be the first to be informed of any impact on their status.