The former Andersen Ireland plant in Rathkeale has been taken into ownership by Innovate Limerick which is a new venture attached to Limerick City and County Council. Innovate Limerick is responsible for providing a supportive environment for higher levels of innovation across the various stakeholders and sectors in Limerick.

It is expected that the site will be used as an enterprise centre for local companies seeking to create jobs in the town, and will be similar to the other enterprise centres already set up in the county.

A local group made up of Rathkeale Community Council, Brian McEnery, Limerick City and County Council, local public representatives and Innovate Limerick was established after the closure of Andersen Ireland to look at ways in which the former plant could be secured for the local community.  

Back in mid-September, a plan for the site was accepted by the property owners and this was finalised last Friday with Innovate Limerick taking ownership of the plant.

Limerick T.D. Patrick O’Donovan and local councillor Stephen Keary, who were part of a small local dedicated group who worked tirelessly to deliver it, have welcomed last Friday’s developments.