The uncle of the founder of Keogh's crisps, Tony Keogh, was arrested by Gardaí on Thursday.
The retired farmer from north Dublin had approximately €19,500 worth of cannabis plants seized by Gardaí.
The Irish company, Keogh's Crisps confirmed their connection to Tony Keogh through a statement published on their social media channels.
Keogh's Crisps' statement included that they are taking responsibility for the actions of their family members. Regardless of them being actively involved in our business or not.
“Unbeknownst to the Keogh business, Tony who officially retired from the family farm business in 2019, had been researching medical cannabis production around the world following the move by the Irish government to legalise medical cannabis last year.”
The Irish brand also took the opportunity to apologise to their loyal customers who have supported their family business. They have reiterated that they will continue to produce the freshest potatoes and crisps across Ireland.
There have been hundreds of positive responses to Keogh's statement since it was released. Many social media users have responded to the company stating their support for cannabis legalisation in Ireland.
Some users have even stated that from now on they will only purchase Keogh's crisps.
This included Irish politician, Luke ‘Ming' Flanagan. who tweeted the following –
I'm buying a big bag of Keoghs crisps today.
— Luke ‘Ming' Flanagan (@lukeming) July 11, 2020