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A TD has said the loss of a factory in South Kerry is a “devastating blow” to the area.

MIchael Healy Rae

Independent Deputy Michael Healy-Rae was speaking following the announcement today that Kenmare Select is to close.

Around 25 people are employed full-time in the factory which specialises in smoked salmon and fish products

Kenmare Select was started by French chef, Rémy Benoit, in 1991.

The produce had won awards nationally and internationally.

Staff were informed of the decision at a meeting this morning.

Deputy Healy-Rae, who previously worked in the factory when it operated as Kenmare Salmon, says he is deeply upset for workers and management at the factory: