McDonald’s orders up 800 new jobs across Ireland

Post-pandemic expansion of fast-food chain will see the McDonald’s workforce grow to 3,000 people across Ireland.

Fast-food giant McDonald’s has revealed plans to create 800 new jobs at its restaurants across the Republic of Ireland this year.

The roles will be in McDonald’s restaurants nationwide including counties Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, and Wicklow.

“Our 95 restaurants are run by 22 local franchisees which means we have a personal stake in every one of our communities”

The roles are being driven in anticipation of crew capacity in restaurants increasing in the coming months, in line with the easing of Government restrictions and public health guidelines.

Franchise with fries

The expansion will see the fast-food-chain’s workforce in Ireland reach 3,000 people.

“We hire brilliant people from communities across the UK & Ireland based on their qualities, not their qualifications, and we’re proud to give people from all backgrounds a start in their careers,” said Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland.

“Since we first opened our doors in Ireland in 1977, we’ve created over 3000 jobs – giving people the opportunity to train and develop in a flexible environment where everyone can be themselves and excel. It’s fantastic to be able to offer an additional 800 people an opportunity to work with us.

“There is no doubt the pandemic has had a huge impact on many people’s employment opportunities and threatened the future of high streets up and down the country. Our 95 restaurants are run by 22 local franchisees which means we have a personal stake in every one of our communities. It’s a big responsibility, and the moves we’ve announced today reflect our commitment to continue to innovate and invest in the local communities and economies we serve.”

McDonald’s operates 1,400 restaurants across the UK and Ireland which bring together 200 local franchisee businesses which in turn employ over 130,000 crew members.

The company said that it also helps to maintain the livelihoods of 23,000 UK and Irish farmers.

The news was welcomed by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD, who said: “Today’s announcement of 800 new jobs by McDonald’s is a welcome boost, demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to Ireland, where it already has a strong employment presence throughout the country. As Ireland continues on the path to a full reopening, it is extremely positive news to see companies such as McDonald’s planning for expansion and growing its workforce.”

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said that McDonald’s has been a leading employer and economic contributor since coming to Ireland in the 1970s.

“As an employer, McDonald’s provides its staff with significant growth and development opportunities at all levels of its business. McDonald’s commitment to Ireland and the Irish market is as strong as ever and will continue to grow in the years ahead.”

By John Kennedy (

Published: 21 June 2021