Mountpark’s €40m logistics centre in Baldonnell was officially opened recently. Cllr. Emer Higgins, who proposed the zoning of this land for commercial use, joined Mayor Vicki Casserly at the celebration of the creation of local jobs and the state-of-the-art fit out of the site. The building is being leased by Home Store and More and is one of two logistics hubs on the site, the other of which is being leased by United Drug.

Emer Higgins said: “Already 740 people have been employed here as part of the construction phase, and as a County we’ll be benefiting from €2.3m in developer fees to the Council. I led the campaign to allow these lands be developed and am delighted to see the progress that’s been made on the site. It’s fantastic to hear that two such reputable tenants are coming in to our area and generating more jobs. Fine Gael worked cross-party with Sinn Fein to ensure this development was possible and that these jobs were created.”

“The official opening was also a celebration of history and education. As part of the event, the nearby bridge, was named in honour of Colonel James Fitzmaurice, the world’s first transatlantic pilot. The Colonel took off from Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnell and landed to much fan fair in New York city. Airman Michael Whelan was on hand to bring to life his historic achievement. Mountpark has also developed a philanthropic partnership with the nearby Carline Centre, a learning hub for disadvantaged young people. It’s great to see companies like them making a positive difference to the local community.”

“This development is a good news story for our County and I wish Mountpark, Home Store and More and United Drug every success here in Dubin Mid West,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.

Pictured: Mayor Casserly and Cllr. Emer Higgins with Philip O’Callaghan, Mountpark and Peter Byrne, South Dublin Chamber of Commerce