Aldi Ireland has announced a 50% increase in the number of products sourced in the Irish Republic. This year Aldi says it plans to spend I£50m with Irish based suppliers for products destined for stores in the UK and the Republic. Willie Hamilton of Mandate, the union representing over 90% of grocery workers, said that he welcomed anything that would secure jobs in the Republic. He linked the move to rival discount retailer Lidl's recent entry into the market. "Lidl has already said it won't be sourcing Irish goods so Aldi wants to take the high moral ground." While Hamilton supported Aldi's move, he also suggested it may have been designed to counteract the negative publicity which has surrounded an industrial dispute taking place at the chain's Dublin store. {{NEWS }}