May, 2012


31
May 12

30 new jobs are to be created at Tullow Oil’s Dublin office.

The jobs will be in geophysics and information systems. The new posts will see a 30% increase in staffing levels on last year.

The Dublin office has planned exploration campaigns which have helped transform Tullow into the leading Independent oil and gas company in Africa.

Research and analysis carried out by the team in Dublin was central to the recent successful breakthrough oil discoveries in French Guiana and Kenya

In addition to these new positions, Tullow continues to invest in its partnership with the School of Geological Sciences at University College Dublin.

Within this school, Tullow funds a research cluster in the Geophysics and a research programme lectureship in the Fault Analysis Groups, supporting its worldwide operations.

Aidan Heavey, Chief Executive Officer of Tullow said: “The use of innovation has provided Tullow with the ability to convert its philosophy of ‘geology over geography’ into exceptional exploration success across its portfolio.

“Our team in Dublin was instrumental in the Zaedyus discovery, offshore French Guiana last year which has opened up a new and exciting basin for Tullow in South America.

“The team has also played an important role in other successful campaigns, including our newest operational area, Kenya.

“Tullow is proud of its origins and the Irish operations remain central to the success of a number of key exploration campaigns and this success is reflected in the ongoing expansion of the Dublin office.”

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31
May 12

IT industry news: Amazon announces new tech jobs in Dublin

IT industry news: Amazon announces new tech jobs in Dublin

Online retail giant Amazon has revealed plans to fill 100 new positions at its development centre in Dublin.

The announcement could be a major boost for people pursuing IT careers in the Irish capital, as the company’s latest wave of recruitment will include openings for IT engineers, software developers and technical managers.

Amazon has already started to hire people for the jobs and Paul Conlon, managing director of the Dublin site, said all new employees should be in place before the Christmas period.

“Dublin has proven to be an excellent location for finding the top talent we need to support our continued growth and we are delighted to be expanding here,” he commented.

Jobs minister Richard Bruton described the announcement as “great news for Dublin and for Ireland”.

Amazon is one of several technology companies to announce new jobs in Ireland recently, with Cisco signalling the creation of 115 positions at its site in County Galway earlier this month.

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31
May 12

IDA reveals a further 100 tech jobs for Ireland – six new projects

IDA reveals a further 100 tech jobs for Ireland – six new projectsIDA reveals a further 100 tech jobs for Ireland – six new projects

Four new companies and expansions by two existing ones culminating in 100 new jobs add impetus to what is already a heady week for tech jobs announcements in Ireland.

The week began with 100 new jobs at Amazon as well as 125 jobs at IDG Connect in Dublin, 50 new jobs at Action Point in Limerick, 20 new jobs at MSD Healthcare in Carlow and 40 new jobs at Buyersclub.ie in Dublin. IBEC-based IT industry group ICT Ireland said more IT jobs have been created at this point in 2012 – some 4,000 jobs – than in all of last year.

Today it emerged that four new companies will create 100 new jobs and two emerging companies will locate their headquarters in Ireland.

Red 5 Studios, an online games developer, is to establish its European Headquarters in Cork, with the creation of 30 jobs.

Aasonn, a global human capital management (HCM) and technology services company, is to establish its European headquarters in Dublin with the creation of 30 new jobs.

Van Tibolli Beauty Corp, provider of GK Hair products, is to establish its EU headquarters in Dublin, creating 25 jobs in customer support and multilingual marketing roles.

Qualvu Inc., a key emerging player in the provision of web-based qualitative research, is to establish its EMEA headquarters in Dublin with the creation of 15 new jobs.

Infobright, a Toronto-based analytics company, is to locate its EMEA headquarters along with a customer support centre, in Dublin.

Md7, an operations and financial services company, is to establish its European HQ in Dublin.

“We must attract more companies, we must ensure that they locate higher-value activities here, we must ensure that they have a greater impact on the economy,” Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said this morning.

“Targeting high-growth emerging companies is a key part of this, as these companies will establish deep roots here from early in their growth, and ultimately have a substantial impact on our economy.”

“Today’s announcement that six high-growth emerging companies are locating operations here with the creation of 100 jobs is great news for Dublin and Ireland. The Government is determined to build on this to ensure that we can continue to see the flow of multinational investment to Ireland and help create the growth and jobs we need,” Bruton said.

Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland, said the six new projects further add to Ireland’s reputation as a host for emerging companies.

“The importance of companies internationalising at an early stage has never been greater and Ireland provides a great environment in which to do this. Ireland has built a strong reputation as an international hub for a variety of business sectors and hosts the top 10 born-on-the-internet companies, including Twitter, Google, eBay/PayPal and Facebook. IDA Ireland’s strategy Horizon 2020 identifies winning investment from emerging sectors as one of its key targets and it is encouraging to see that since the start of 2012 alone, 40 emerging-stage companies have decided to set up FDI operations in Ireland.”

IDA Ireland will be taking part in the Xsite event in Boston on 14 June, to highlight to emerging companies the benefits of locating in Ireland.

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May 12

Firms create 130 jobs in Dublin, Cork

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has confirmed that 100 jobs will come to Dublin and Cork at four IDA Ireland client companies.Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has confirmed that 100 jobs will come to Dublin and Cork at four IDA Ireland client companies.

Four companies are to create 100 jobs in Cork and Dublin as IDA Ireland confirmed they would set up operations here, with a further 30 jobs coming to Tullow Oil’s Dublin operation.

Games developer Red 5 Studios, human capital management consultancy and technology services firm Aasonn, Van Tibolli Beauty and research firm Qualvu are establishing their European headquarters in the State, bringing new jobs with them.

Red 5 Studios, which is to set up in Cork, will create 30 jobs, recruiting for community management, localisation, and player support teams.

“We needed a place in Europe that was accessible to all sorts of native speakers and all sorts of cultures,” said chief executive Mark Kern.

“Ireland has become this diverse Metropolitan area where people from France and Germany and all over Europe come together. That’s really great for us because we can’t be everywhere in Europe at once, but we can be in Ireland, and by being in Ireland we can tap into all the cultures and all the territories around very readily.”

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29
May 12

Technology surge to bring 190 more ‘high-end’ jobs

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                THE booming technology industry is set for another boost with the        

                                                             creation of 190 jobs.

Online giant Amazon has announced 100 new jobs at its Development Centre in Dublin, while Irish online start-up BuyersClub.ie will create another 40 positions.

Action Point Technology Group, which has helped ensure US President Barack Obama does not fluff his lines on live TV, is creating another 50 jobs.

Amazon has already begun recruiting IT engineers, software developers and technical managers at its base in Kilmainham, which opened in 2005.

Details are available on www.amazon.co.uk/careers

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Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the jobs were “high-end”.

Managing director of the Amazon development centre Paul Conlon said Dublin was an excellent location for finding “the top talent”.

BuyersClub.ie, which helps small producers sell their products online, plans to fill a further 40 posts in the next 12 to 18 months.

The firm, run by PDQ Distribution Ltd, is based in Blanchardstown in Co Dublin.

Meanwhile, Limerick-based Action Point Technology Group has announced 50 jobs.

Up to 70 people will be employed at the company at Plassey Technological Park in Limerick by the end of 2014.

Founded in 2005 by John Savage and David Jeffreys, it has already begun recruitment for 30 software developers.

Mr Savage said the software for autocues developed in Limerick has been used by Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

“Our claim to fame is that for a brief period last year we had Barack Obama talking his speech from our autocue,” he said.

“He came to LA and hired a company that we wrote the software for and next thing, Barack Obama was talking away and reading from our system.

“It was nerve-racking. You certainly don’t want to fail when the leader of the free world is talking.”

Employer group ICT Ireland said 4,000 new technology jobs had been announced so far this year. This is equal to the total number created in the sector last year.

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28
May 12

Mayo man gets €45,000 from Enda for jobs tip-off

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Quick the Government handing out large wads of cash! Well, sort of. The first person has just received €45,000 under a new scheme aimed at attracting new jobs to Ireland.

Mayo man, Eddie Horkan, got his big dirty wad of dough for a tip off which brought 30 jobs in Carlow. Nice work if you can get it.

Eddie managed to find out that US engineering firm Intergeo Services was planning to locate 30 jobs in Scotland. He then dutifully tipped off the State and we managed to rob the 30 jobs from right under the Scots’ noses.

The new customer sales centre was just about to be set up in Glasgow when we swooped in.

Eddie found out that a Scotsman, who lived in Carlow, was in charge of the plan to set up the Scottish base. They then came up with the idea of locating the customer centre in Carlow so the Scotsman wouldn’t have to move.

This is the first successful job creation under the Government’s Succeed in Ireland project. Eddie will get €15,000 for now and the other €30,000 when the jobs are finally created.

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28
May 12

Seafood investment to create West Cork jobs

Castletownbere will see almost €2m in investment.

WEST Cork is set to benefit from €15.5 million of new investment I the seafood sector announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney.

The investment by the Irish seafood processing companies is supported by grants of €3.2 million under the EU co-funded Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme.

These investments by 21 companies across the country are expected to create more than 140 new jobs and increase sales of value added seafood products by nearly €44 million by 2015.

Among the companies investing are Shellfish De La Mer, Castletownbere, (€488,980) and the Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-op (€1,400,000).

Minister Coveney said, “This is a very sizeable investment by any standards and particularly so when combined with investment under this scheme over the past two years.

“It demonstrates the confidence in the seafood sector as a high growth area of our economy and of our food industry.

“The SMEs undertaking this very welcome new investment represent the future of the seafood industry.

“The new investment involves companies significantly growing their businesses and also diversifying, which will lead to increased profitability and increased employment.

“The investment also builds on the very positive announcements made earlier this week in the beef sector and the further development of trade links with China.

“The number of companies participating in the Scheme demonstrates the willingness of the sector to invest to meet the strong global demand for our seafood”.

Castletownbere-based TD Noel Harrington welcomed the news saying,

“The scale of the investment being made by 21 seafood processing companies across Ireland is significant as it will see 142 new jobs being created nationally within the industry with increased sales of €44 million expected by 2015.

“ It comes on the back of investments of a total of nearly €10 million in 2010 and 2011 and is a clear recognition of the role and contribution the seafood processing industry has to play in our economic recovery.

“In Castletownbere, a total investment of €1,888,980 is being made by local firms, Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-Op Ltd and Shellfish de la Mer Ltd.

“This investment is underpinned by €472,745 of support grants that will allow firms to develop and expand their business to meet the demands of this ever growing sector.

“The Irish seafood industry has grown from strength to strength in recent years and this investment will ensure that that trend continues into the future.

“Confidence in the seafood industry in County Cork is high. A combined investment of €2.585,543 will help to grow jobs in Castletownbere, Ballycotton, Cork and Carrigaline by allowing these five companies to diversify and expand and ultimately increase profitability.”

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28
May 12

Taoiseach marks €100m Jameson investment with distillery visit

Taoiseach marks €100m Jameson investment with distillery visit

Taoiseach marks €100m Jameson investment with distillery visit

Pictured: Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, visited the Irish Distillers’ distillery in Midleton, Co Cork today, to mark the €100m investment at the facility by Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard.

The company, which announced the expansion at the end of last year, said it was responding to the continued growth of Jameson worldwide. In the year to June 2011, 3.4 million cases of Jameson were sold. The company said the distillery is now operating at full capacity and an expansion is necessary to cater for future forecasted growth.

The Taoiseach’s visit also marked the 20th anniversary of the Jameson Experience, the Jameson visitor centre in Midleton, which has been visited by more than two million visitors since it first opened in 1992.

As part of the investment, 60 manufacturing and technical jobs will be created, 30 in the Midleton Distillery, and a further 30 in the Fox and Geese bottling plant in Dublin, bringing the company’s total employee numbers in Ireland to 560.  Separately, up to 250 jobs will result from the construction process.

A further €100m is being spent developing a new satellite maturation facility at Dungourney, Co. Cork.

“This investment by Irish Distillers is the result of an exceptional performance by Jameson in the world-wide marketplace,” said the Taoiseach. “Today marks a significant day in the future of Irish whiskey production, and the entire food and drinks export industry, as well as for the local economy here in Cork, which has greatly benefited from the presence of both the Distillery and the Jameson Experience Visitors Centre.

“By taking advantage of a supportive and stable economic environment Irish brands can continue to increase exports worldwide.”

Meanwhile, speaking ahead of today’s Whisky Live in Dublin, Michael Foggarty, spokesperson for the event, highlighted the exceptional performance of Irish whiskey globally, with sales of the spirit recently surpassing Scotch single malt sales for the first time. Global Irish whiskey sales exceeded five million cases last year.

Foggarty quoted a recent report, which indicated that Irish whiskey is the fastest growing whiskey category in the world.

Exports of the spirit have increased by 60pc over the past three years and, in the last six months, three of the world’s leading drinks companies have pledged multi million euro investments in their Irish whiskey brands, one of these being the Irish Distillers €100m announcement. Elsewhere, in March, Beam Inc acquired Cooley Distillery, the last remaining Irish-owned distillery, for €95m. In the same month, William Grant & Sons announced a €35m investment in Tullamore Dew that will bring whiskey production back to Tullamore for the first time since the original distillery closed in 1954.

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28
May 12

Firm gets €900k early-stage funding

Irish-based fraud management firm Xintec has secured €900,000 in funding from Kernel Capital through the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund.

Xintec was founded in Luxembourg, but moved back to Ireland in 2011 to take advantage of the growing start-up culture here.

Xintec founder Sean Killeen said Luxembourg was very risk averse, compared with the start-up scene in Ireland. “I think overall a sense that to benefit from the high level of start-up support and funding for start-ups in Ireland. Ireland has a stronger entrepreneurial culture. Not to put Luxembourg down, but risk taking is a big no no there.”

Xintec was welcomed to Ireland by Enterprise Ireland as the company is seen as a high potential start-up operating in a multi-billion euro software export market.

Xintec provides fraud solutions to mobile phone operators around the world. Mr Killeen explained that there are over 800 mobile phone operators globally and many of these don’t have the skills and expertise to tackle fraud within their networks. Fraud in the telecoms sector is estimated to be worth over €30bn, according to the Communications Fraud Control Association.

“It is largely organised criminal enterprises who essentially are stealing airtime which they can then resell as a commodity. There are more than 200 different fraud types,” said Mr Killeen.

Xintec is already the preferred supplier of fraud solutions with the Vodafone Group and a number of other tier two operators, operators with a million customers, and tier three operators.

Enterprise Ireland manager of high potential start-ups, Michael Moriarty, said: “Xintec stands out as an ambitious and innovative company, and we are delighted to have worked with them and supported their new venture in Ireland. This investment round will help drive their continued development. We see Xintec as a candidate for strong growth with the potential to create quality jobs in Ireland.”

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May 12

Minister Bruton announces 40 new jobs in Tipperary

Minister Bruton announces 40 new jobs in TipperaryMinister Bruton announces 40 new jobs in Tipperary

Irish medical devices firm Technopath has announced a €3m investment in its quality control division in Tipperary, creating 40 new jobs.

The investment will go towards scaling the firm’s manufacturing capability and drive export activity, supported by Enterprise Ireland.

The quality control division manufactures products for a number of multinational in-vitro diagnostic companies. “Technopath’s breakthrough technology is the culmination of a five-year programme of research and development and €6m investment,” said Technopath co-founder Malcolm Bell. “We have developed a number of proprietary technologies, launching our first product in this division less than four years ago.”

Technopath’s long-term growth strategy is to develop niche, innovative, breakthrough technologies and to deploy these technologies worldwide, bringing the benefit of enhanced quality and cost savings to 20pc of patients around the world in the next two years.

“This is exemplified by our recent global product development, supply and distribution agreement with Abbott Diagnostics,” explained Bell. “Technopath is actively developing a number of additional innovative products for the global biopharmaceutical and dairy sectors that can address the significant un-met needs of these industries.”

“A central part of the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is creating a powerful engine of indigenous enterprise,” said Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD. “Over recent years we have established major strengths in key sectors such as ICT and life sciences – we must now build on this to get more indigenous companies growing to scale, exporting more and creating more jobs.”

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