Jameson owner Irish Distillers has announced that large-scale quantities of alcohol is being made available free of charge to the Health Service Executive (HSE) to support the production of hand sanitiser.
“The demand for alcohol gel is at unprecedentedly high levels and is set to remain so for the foreseeable period," the drinks giant said.
"Alcohol gel plays a vital part in the frontline efforts of those who are fighting to contain the Covid-19 virus, not least our healthcare professionals working in hospital and other healthcare settings," it added.
'In a Position to Help'
Earlier this week, Irish Distillers said that it approached the Department of Health and the HSE to inform them that we were in a position to help with this specific challenge.
"Our distillery in Midleton, together with our partners Mervue Laboratories in Cork, have the necessary products and supply chain available to manufacture large-scale quantities of alcohol gel and to make this available for use by healthcare authorities on the frontline in the period ahead," the company said.
It highlighted that production will commence immediately with end product being delivered to the HSE’s supply centre thereafter for distribution to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
The whiskey maker said that it will stand committed to the people and communities of Ireland during this difficult time and it will continue to collaborate with the health authorities so as to ensure our efforts are channelled to greatest effect.
It highlighted that it is 'committed to maintaining supply to the maximum levels possible for as long as possible'.
“Like so many, Irish Distillers is doing what we can at a time of great national crisis," the company added.
"We hope that in doing so, it helps our healthcare professionals in their efforts to protect all of us from the spread of the virus.”
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