September, 2012


30
Sep 12

Dealz opens 19th Irish store

The discount retailer Dealz opens a new store in Dundrum in Dublin today, creating 30 new jobs.

It is the company’s 19th store.  Dealz already employs a total of 540 people in Ireland at shops in towns including Portlaoise, Letterkenny, Killarney, Newbridge, Limerick, and Athlone.

In Dublin, Dealz already operates stories in Stillorgan, Tallaght and Blanchardstown, with further plans to expand with a new store in Dun Laoghaire.

Dealz is part of the Poundland retail group, which is Europe’s biggest single price discount retailer.

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25
Sep 12

Ireland’s President on the country’s diaspora, the importance of its youth and new thinking

“Take charge of change”, a message firmly driven home by the President of Ireland at last weekend’s Being Young and Irish northern workshop, the penultimate seminar in a series of four that encourages Ireland’s youth to become proactive in securing their vision of the country’s future.

One hundred young people from various parts of Ulster assembled in Monaghan and listened attentively as the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, delivered an impassioned speech, iterating the values he places on Ireland’s youth, and Irish youth abroad, and the important role they can play in shaping Ireland’s future.

President Higgins speaking at the #youngandirish regional workshop in Monaghan

President Higgins speaking at the #youngandirish regional workshop in Monaghan

In a short question and answer session after the President’s address, he spoke of the importance of technology in helping prevent disconnect between Ireland’s recent emigrant population and their families at home.

Ireland’s new diaspora

IrishCentral’s Paddy Duffy asked the President if he thought there was a difference in yearning or tone between the Irish at home and the country’s new diaspora, and perhaps if the attitudes of the two towards their country’s future varied as a result of this disposition?

“If you take the people that have most recently went abroad, I think that they are not sufficiently long gone to have established significant differences between themselves and people at home.

“Another difference that is arising is of course how the technology has changed. My own nephews in Australia are talking to their brothers on Skype. They haven’t disconnected.

“The technology is keeping people in touch.”

Hello social media

I asked the President of the importance that technology and social media brought to the Being Young and Irish initiative?

“In the organisation of the consultation there was a very deliberate attempt to use all of the different new inlets [social media]. As people are discussing the different regional conferences they’ve been doing that on the new technology and it’s very, very welcome”.

Why Ireland’s youth are so important

From listening to any of the President’s recent speeches it’s clear that he places a lot of trust and belief in young people. I asked to President to elaborate on this; why are young people so important in shaping Ireland’s future? He quipped, “they’re going to be longer around!”

The President then spoke of the recession and failed practices of old. He stated that old, failed teachings were no longer relevant and that the institutional thinking had to change,

“How can you teach the old thing that had failed?

“The institutions can’t speak to this generation in a way they may have spoken to others.

“The institutional thinking has to change and the language has to change. That’s why I picked young people”.

Intergenerational equality

Continuing on the theme of youth and why the President is focussing on this demographic, the President praised young people’s ability to inherently “think intergenerationally”.

“I was never asked by a young person in the campaign [Presidential campaign] or since I became President for anything that was at the cost of an older person. They just wanted a better Ireland for everybody and that’s the vision that young people have.”

Next steps

The fourth and final Being Young and Irish workshop will take place this weekend in Galway. A research team from the Dublin Institute of Technology will then collate all the findings from both the regional workshops and the submissions made online into a research report, which the President will take to various government departments in November.

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25
Sep 12

56 new jobs for Dundalk

Company strengthens international presence with new head office in Dundalk

56 new jobs have been created in Dundalk in what is a timely boost for the town.

It was announced this morning that the opening by global pet product innovator and manufacturer Radio Systems Corporation that would be opening a new European head office in Dundalk.

The opening of the new office follows on from comprehensive market research and evaluation and will result in the creation of 56 new jobs over the next three years. The investment is supported by the Irish Government with the aid of IDA Ireland.

From January 1, 2013 Radio Systems PetSafe Europe Ltd will be fully operational and will base its European multilingual customer services centre, finance, order management, supply chain and human resources departments in Dundalk. Of the 56 jobs being created over the next three years 25 will be hired for by end of December.

Making the announcement Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD said: “A key part of the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is deepening and developing the impact of multinational companies here, particularly in regional locations. Today’s announcement that Radio Systems Corporation is establishing a new operation in Dundalk with the creation of 56 jobs is great news and marks another good investment for the North East. By continued implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs we can accelerate the transition currently underway in the economy and create the jobs and growth we need”.

Randy Boyd, founder and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, comments, “As our business continues to grow internationally, Radio Systems Corporation plans to make Ireland the centre of its European expansion, mirroring our structure in the USA. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Irish Government and IDA Ireland for their assistance in the establishment of this operation and I look forward to the growth of our business in Ireland and internationally.”

Radio Systems has appointed David Verdon as a European Operations Manager to set up and lead the European head office in Dundalk. David is an experienced operations professional with three previous US multinational start-ups under his belt and leadership roles at Luzern Technologies and Palm Global Operations.

Welcoming the announcement, Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland said, “The decision by Radio Systems Corporation to set-up its European headquarters in Dundalk is an exciting addition to the growing consumer cluster in Ireland which has gone from strength to strength in recent years. This is also excellent news for Dundalk and the entire North-East region, stretching across Counties Cavan, Louth and Monaghan, which has the opportunity to benefit from this investment and the continued growth of Radio Systems in Ireland in the future.”

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21
Sep 12

Finance firm creates 400 posts in jobs blackspot

Realex, the online payment firm, is expanding its operations in the capital, boosting its workforce up to 170 by the end of next year.Realex, the online payment firm, is expanding its operations in the capital, boosting its workforce up to 170 by the end of next year.

UP to 400 highly skilled jobs for graduates are to be created in one of the country’s biggest unemployment blackspots.

Northern Trust, a financial services firm which employs 900 people across the country, is more than doubling the size of its Limerick operation over the next five years.

The positive news came as 50 jobs were announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the new Dublin city offices of Realex Payments, and 15 jobs were created at a Galway firm.

Northern Trust’s investment in Limerick is understood to be the biggest in the region by a multinational company in more than a decade.

The US firm already employs 300 in the city, with more than 200 of these former students of University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology.

Northern Trust’s base at Hamilton House on the outskirts of the city is located alongside the plant where Dell employees assembled laptop computers before 1,900 people were made redundant in 2009.

Head of Northern Trust’s Irish operations Clive Bellows praised a visit by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton to Northern Trust’s head offices in Chicago earlier this year which was very “well received” by senior management.

Mr Bruton said he believed international investment has returned to Ireland and that the Government had to identify new opportunities compared to the previous reliance on the manufacturing industries.

“Manufacturing remains a very important sector, but obviously we have to move with the trends and identify the technology areas and the opportunities,” he said.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the 400 jobs were significant as they were “high-level, high-skilled jobs which will suit young graduates”.

Elsewhere, the Taoiseach announced 50 new jobs at the new Dublin city offices of Realex. The online payment firm is expanding its operations in the capital, boosting its workforce up to 170 by the end of next year.

“Realex Payments exemplifies the type of company that will be central to the recovery of our economy,” he said.

The payment services firm, that boasts Aer Lingus and Virgin Atlantic among its clients, also received praise from one of the stars of ‘Dragon’s Den’.

Sean O’Sullivan, whose tech firm Avego uses Realax, said it would receive the seal of approval from his fellow Dragons on the hit RTE show.

“They have great products. It is competitive internationally. It is better than most of its competition,” Mr O’Sullivan told the Irish Independent.

Meanwhile, a tech start-up firm has found a novel way of interviewing potential employees — by running hackathons.

KantanMT, a cloud-based machine-translation firm, is creating 15 new jobs in Galway.

And founder Tony O’Dowd has made an unusual appeal to the hacker community in order to find software developers.

“It’s a tough competition. We give them a difficult problem to solve, give them the tools and set them on their way.

“The ones that can hack a solution together we take for interview and hopefully offer them a job,” Mr O’Dowd said.

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21
Sep 12

Construction company announces 100 new jobs

File photoBAM CONTRACTORS, IRELAND’s largest public works construction company announced the launch of a recruitment campaign, seeking over 100 new employees including engineers, contracts managers and quantity surveyors.

The company said today it had a strong performance in 2011, generating turnover of €228 million with profit before tax of €4 million.

In a statement BAM said it recorded an operating profit of €5.2 million for 2011 and enjoys a “robust balance sheet” with no bank debt.

The company already employs 630 staff directly in Ireland, with a further 1,400 employed indirectly but is seeking an additional 100 staff for future projects.

BAM is currently working on projects such as the Sutherland School of Law in UCD and the Coleraine to Derry railway track upgrade as well as projects in Northern Ireland and Jordan.

Speaking today, Chief Executive of BAM, Theo Cullinane said the outlook for the 2012 financial year remains challenging but the company is confident it will continue to improve its position on the market.

“For next year, we predict enhanced opportunities in Ireland in public private partnership, healthcare, educational, pharmaceutical and foreign direct investment projects and BAM is well placed to win more of this business,” he said.

Cullinane said that although the company’s primary focus will always be the Irish market, it will also continue to pursue opportunities in international markets with some new positions listed in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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21
Sep 12

Two companies announce new jobs in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Erich Sixt, center, CEO of the German car rental company Sixt AG waits for the start of the annual shareholders meeting in MunichTWO COMPANIES HAVE announced that they are after creating new jobs in Ireland.

arvato Finance has said it delivering on its promise to create 150 jobs in Dublin a full two years ahead of schedule.

The positions have been created in IT, consulting, finance and accounting, project management and customer service roles over the past 12 months – and arvato is set to expand further and 100 positions have been created across the arvato network.

There are more than 60 positions currently available and 40 people have been recently recruited.

arvato has moved into new premises, which has been re-named ‘The arvato Building’, in Dublin’s Eastpoint Business Park. The building was officially opened by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD today.

arvato’s employees in Dublin work in more than 35 languages, supporting Dublin’s position as a key strategic centre for the company’s global network.

Sixt

Meanwhile, Sixt rent a car, Germany’s largest vehicle rental company, announced that County Car Rentals has won the Sixt rent a car franchise for Ireland and will now operate under the Sixt brand.

Dun Laoghaire based County Car Rentals has been operating since 1952 under the ownership and management of the Loughran family.

As a result of the partnership, Sixt rent a car Ireland has created 11 new jobs at its head office in Dun Laoghaire and Dublin airport and has plans to recruit an additional 12 staff over the next eight months.

Bernard Loughran, Managing Director, Sixt rent a car Ireland, said:

County Car Rentals is delighted to partner with Sixt rent a car in Ireland as part of our strategy to expand and grow our business.  This partnership gives us an opportunity to attract new tourism and corporate business from strong economic regions including Germany and Austria.

An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister For Foreign Affairs and Trade congratulated Bernard and all the Loughran family “for their vision and tenacity in developing the company over these years”.

As part of the partnership all rental offices and operations have been rebranded with a new Sixt rent a car corporate image.

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21
Sep 12

Northern Trust to offer 400 new jobs, Biggest Jobs Boost in Limerick

Northern Trust, America’s leading financial services company is about to create 400 new jobs in Limerick by the year 2017. This is the latest announcement disclosed by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton.

Minister Bruton said the company will be in search of capable individuals to fill up highly skilled roles the Northern Trust is about to bid, as part of a major expansion of its Irish operation over the next five years. The additional 400 employees will be working at its Limerick office by then. If attained, then this will include Plassey, Limerick among its biggest offices in the world.

Northern Trust will collaborate with the Limerick Institute of Technology and University of Limerick in order to fulfill this project, particularly in filling up available work slots. According to the general manager for Northern Trust’s Limerick office, Catherine Duffy, both LIT and UL are potential sources of new graduate employees.

The company’s expansion project is also backed by the Government through IDA Ireland.

Barry O’Leary, IDA Ireland chief executive said such investment fortifies the reputation of Ireland’s mid-west region, as a site of choice for expert financial services operations.

Among the available jobs to fill would include financial reporting, private equity, IT, finance, human resources and training, real estate administration, corporate services, alternative asset administration, traditional and hedge-fund accounting.

Delighted with this news, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan commented that Limerick will likely become the core for financial service industry. Mr. Noonan hopes that today’s vote of confidence and the success of Northern Trust’s operation in Limerick will also inspire other financial services companies to come and invest in the region.

This is by far the biggest jobs boost Limerick has obtained since Dell closed its manufacturing division back in the year 2009.

Meanwhile, Northern Trust’s most senior representative in Ireland, Clive Bellows, at Wednesday’s notice said 50 of the overall number of new jobs will be filled by the end of 2012 and another 100 by 2013.

Northern Trust’s Limerick base is regarded as an account administration center of excellence. The office’s primary obligation is to offer support and administration to pension funds, insurance firms, multinationals, non-profit organizations, alternative, multi-manager and traditional investment managers. Currently, it already has 300 individuals in the workforce.

The announcement about these new jobs for Limerick residence came after Electronic Arts announced it needs 300 people to fill in the vacancy brought by its facility expansion in Galway. Basically, it will lessen Ireland’s unemployment figures as well as help locals.

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19
Sep 12

300 new jobs as BioWare Ireland expands remit to all EA games

EA chief operating officer Peter MooreEA chief operating officer Peter Moore, Electronic Arts has announced a major additional investment into its customer support centre in Ireland, in a move that will create some 300 new jobs.

The Galway facility, which is thought to already house about 400 customer support workers, is to expand its responsibilities across numerous EA games.

 

The publisher’s second-in-command, Peter Moore, told CVG that it was “great to get some positive news considering we often get a lot of negative news about places closing down”.

Opening in 2011 with a ceremony led by key BioWare executives, EA’s Galway facility will now provide customer support for a number of EA games, including the upcoming FIFA 13.

It will offer multilingual support around the clock, Moore added.

“A year ago the studio was for support on Star Wars the Old Republic and now we’ve expanded the remit to include other EA games. This will be more than just about an MMO,” he said.

“It’s great to see the industry growing in certain areas, and it’s great to be able to provide some positive news about interactive entertainment instead of the negativity we get.”

There was no timeline offered on when the 300 new vacancies will be filled, with EA hoping to carefully hire the best people for the job.

The EA COO said that Ireland’s tax breaks initiatives and government support were helpful in brokering the deal.

“Tax breaks was one of the factors [for the deal], and Galway has been a great place for us to do business, it’s been a very cost-effective place for us with great support,” he said.

“We’ve been looking at cities around the world and especially Europe, so I’m happy to say Ireland has won out. As EA moves towards a digital future, we no longer see our business partners as retailers, we see our customers as our end-consumer, and dealing with the questions from those consumers is an important step for us.”

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18
Sep 12

€200,000 Enterprise Ireland fund to boost new business start-up activity in West Region

Enda Kenny PictureThe Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, today (Monday 17 September 2012) launched the new Enterprise Ireland €200,000 Competitive Feasibility Fund for the West Region.  This fund, which can provide up to €25,000 per project, is aimed at boosting start ups and creating jobs and growth in the West.  It is now open for applications from entrepreneurs in counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, and will remain open until Wednesday 17 October 2012.

The Taoiseach made the announcement as part of the entrepreneurship and business activities taking place during Mayo Ideas Week 2012.

The Competitive Feasibility Fund is aimed at supporting entrepreneurs explore the feasibility of start-up ideas with job-creating potential for the West.  Its particular focus is on growth-oriented businesses with the potential to move into export markets over time.

Making the announcement, the Taoiseach said:  ‘This Fund is all about  helping innovative and enthusiastic individual entrepreneurs or new start-up companies to develop the high growth businesses that will create the jobs of the future for the West Region.  It is a tremendous initiative for anyone wanting to start up and grow an ambitious company.  I urge people with strong job-creation potential to come forward and compete for the funds available.  This is exactly the type of thing that Mayo Ideas Week is trying to encourage’.

Barry Egan – Director West Region at Enterprise Ireland said: ‘If you have a new business idea and you are based in Galway, Mayo or Roscommon, then the Competitive Feasibility Fund could help you get started. Enterprise Ireland has a range of supports to help ambitious entrepreneurs develop businesses with international potential and this Fund gives a much welcome boost to these entrepreneurs. If you are a potential entrepreneur or very early stage business with your eyes on international growth, we encourage you to review details of the scheme …it might be just what you have been looking for to test the viability of commercialising your idea’.

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18
Sep 12

Over 50s Encouraged to Start Their Own Businesses

Plans for Ireland’s first ever ‘National 50+ Enterprise Day’ on Friday, October 5th were announced today, by the Minister for Small Business, John Perry T.D. and the Wexford Enterprise Board.

Aimed at anyone aged 50 and over, the initiative may boost the number of ‘senior entrepreneurs’ in Ireland by increasing the number of new companies set up by people in that age group.

To mark ‘National 50+ Enterprise Day’, the Wexford County Enterprise Board is jointly hosting a day-long conference in Dublin under the theme of ‘Succeeding In Your Start-Up.’ Building on the success of previous workshops for senior entrepreneurs, the Enterprise Boards will be focussing on areas such as sourcing finance, effective management skills and business exit planning.

The Minister for Small Business, John Perry. T.D., launched ‘National 50+ Enterprise Day’ saying: “Increasing the number of new start-up businesses is a crucial part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. With thousands of potential entrepreneurs aged 50 and over in this country, National 50+ Enterprise Day is a new initiative now in place, to help encourage a higher level of entrepreneurship in Ireland.”

Tom Banville from Wexford County Enterprise Board, said: “By telling the stories of those who successfully started a business in their 50s and by highlighting the various supports on offer, we want to encourage more people in this age group to consider setting up their own company.”

Running from 9am to 5pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown (Dublin 15) the national conference on October 5th is being held as part of EU SME Week 2012. In addition to presentations from well-known management consultants, Blaise Brosnan and Lar Burke, bank representatives will be at hand to provide advice on how to secure start-up funding from financial institutions.

The subsidised cost to attend the ‘National 50+ Enterprise Day’ conference is €25, which includes all conference materials and a light lunch. Bookings can be made on-line through www.fingalceb.ie/50+

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