OVER 230 NEW jobs will be created as Topaz and McDonald’s open two new motorway service stations.

The new service stations will be located on the M8 Cork/Dublin Road in Fermoy, Cork and the M9 Dublin/Waterford Road at Rathcrogue, Carlow. The Fermoy development will be built in conjunction with local developer JR Oronco and is due to open in Autumn 2017 while the Topaz Junction 5, M9, Co. Carlow is due to open in March 2017.

The two developments will create a combined 230 jobs, with 100 more in the construction phase.The overall investment in the construction of both of the stations will be €14 million, with McDonald’s investing a further €2 million. Both stations will be open 24 hours a day in order to keep up with predicted demand .

Niall Anderton MD of Topaz said the sites were chosen due to the popularity of the routes.

“The Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Waterford routes are two of the busiest routes in Ireland, and we are excited to announce this development of two new full-service stations to serve Irish motorists.”

“The development represents a very significant investment by Topaz, and we are also delighted to be able to bring a large number of jobs to both Cork and Carlow.”