The Minister for the Agriculture, Food, the Marine & Defence Mr Simon Coveney TD opened the new offices.
Heineken Ireland Chief Executive Maggie Timoney highlighted the glass walls between the offices as exemplyfing the openness of Heineken Ireland as a company.
In officially opening the new offices, the Cork-born Minister wryly noted that Maggie Timoney was wearing the Cork colours “thus proving that Cork really is the country’s powerbase”.
With the same glint in his eye he also pointed out that as a measure of his esteem for Heineken Ireland he could have been in Cork this morning where 1,000 new jobs were being announced by Apple.
On a more serious note – and as Minister for Agriculture – he also alluded to the 12,000 tonnes of malt bought each year by Heineken Ireland.
“Heineken Ireland is part of our future vision for the food & drink industry in this country,” he concluded.
Apart from the Minister other dignitaries at the opening included a number of executives from the Netherlands HQ.
With some 500 people employed in Heineken Ireland, the Dublin offices house around 70 who’ve worked at the site since August and are involved in marketing, branding and innovation teams.