Pat McDonagh, MD of Supermac’s
Last night/this morning.
Supermac’s boss Pat McDonagh has confirmed that the group is now recruiting workers from overseas due to a ‘shortage of Irish applicants’.
Via RTÉ News:
Mr McDonagh said that over the past two months and up to the end of the year, Supermac’s will have recruited over 100 EU workers who do not require work permits from eastern Europe, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Mr McDonagh stated that one of the reasons for the shortage of workers here is the Government’s Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).
“I think the PUP caused people to get a bit lazy,” he said.
Supermac’s forced to recruit from overseas to fill jobs (RTÉ)
From top: Sarah McInerney; Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh
RTE Radio One’s Today with Sarah McInerney.
‘Do you think things like that aren’t an incentive to come back to work when you’re taking 20c off somebody who is earning the minimum wage an hour?’ she said.
[Pat McDonagh replied] ‘That’s not the point at all Sarah, the point is they get a meal worth €10, if we charge €1.60 for the meal then I think the value is much greater and they can get a coffee or a break whenever they want.’
He said that the docking of pay for meals ‘hasn’t been an issue up to now’ and that it seems his staff are ‘quite happy’.
‘Of course you’re going to get the exceptions here and there but that’s okay. That’s business. ‘
Pat McDonagh faces backlash for comparing COVID-19 Unemployment Payment to winning ‘the lotto’ (Extra.ie)
Headford Road, Galway.
The queue for Supermac’s Drive-thru following a partial reopening.
Via Red Rachel
From left: Galway football team captain Damian Comer, Supermac’s MD Pat McDonagh and Galway hurling team captain David Burke at the announcement of Supermac’s and Galway GAA’s 5 year sponsorship deal at Lough Rea Hotel and Spa, County Galway last year
Last night, the fast food chain released a statement outlining the scale of their investment since 2015 and demanding to know details of how this money was spent.
The finances of Galway GAA were subject to two reviews in late 2018, one conducted by Galway GAA itself and another by accounting firm Mazars.
The use of an official credit card for personal expenses, officer expenses of €45,000 and a debt of €390,000 to Croke Park for All-Ireland final tickets were among the revelations.
A 103-acre site in Athenry that was bought in 2006 for €2.8m and earmarked for a centre of excellence was sold at a loss of almost €2m last year.
McIntyre: Supermac’s statement is ‘huge intervention (RTÉ)
LasE week: Withold The Mayo
Pic:: Hany Marzouk
The chips were down.
But they never gave up.
“We knew when we took on this battle that it was a David versus Goliath scenario but just because McDonald’s has deep pockets and we are relatively small in context doesn’t mean we weren’t going to fight our corner.
The original objective of our application to cancel was to shine a light on the use of trademark bullying by this multinational to stifle competition.
We have been saying for years that they have been using trademark bullying. They trademarked the SnackBox, which is one of Supermac’s most popular products, even though the product is not actually offered by them.
This is the end of the McBully.”
Supermac’s managing director Pat McDonagh this morning following an EU judgement against McDonald’s having protected use of the Big Mac trademark .
Read the judgement here
Supermac’s wins trademark case against McDonald’s (RTÉ)
Earlier: A Limerick A Day
Allen King rights:
Supermac’s on All Ireland Final Day
That is disgracNOMNOMNOMNOM…
Of this possibly promotional, possibly ‘shopped shopfront, Ringos Doves writes:
Passed by this place today in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick!
Galway businessman Pat McDonagh would not be drawn on who the potential franchisees are, but he told the Irish Echo that many of those interested were newly-emigrated Irish.
…Mr McDonagh said the Irish fast food chain is currently searching for a site in Bondi Junction in Sydney and Northbridge in Perth.
Supermac’s eye up sites in Bondi, Perth (Pat McDonagh, Irish Echo)