February, 2013


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Feb 13

Over 130 new jobs for Dublin

More than 130 new jobs have been announced by two companies in Dublin this morning.

Guidewire, a global provider of software solutions to the general insurance industry, is to create 75 new jobs at its global services and regional development centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Ecocem Ireland, a cement company based at Dublin Port, also revealed plans to create 61 jobs in a new plant at the port.

Ecocem said 25 jobs will be created with further 36 indirect jobs being created though other Irish-based suppliers. The new plant will be used to bag the company’s eco-friendly cement.

Guidewire was founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley and established its Dublin location in July 2011, where it now employs 50 people.The latest expansion will make Guidewire Ireland the company’s largest office outside of the US and will bring to 125 the number of people the company expects to employ in Ireland.

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Feb 13

120 New Business Start-ups created under New Frontiers Programme

Minister ...Research and Innovation Minister Sean Sherlock today announced the results of the first year of the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers Programme.

The programme aims to develop sustainable businesses that will create jobs throughout the country. New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme that is delivered at a local level by the Institutes of Technology.

The Minister announced that over 120 new business ventures have successfully completed the first Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers Programme. Based on the success of the first year of the programme, a further €12.65m is now being invested for the next three years.

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Feb 13

Centra plans to hire 400 new staff

Centra has announced it will create 400 new jobs this year with the opening of 20 new stores

Centra recorded sales of €1.43 billion in 2012, the retailer announced today.

The retail chain also said it will invest €20 million in 2013 adding 20 new stores to its network. Last year, the retailer opened 18 new stores nationwide.

The investment will result in 400 new jobs according to Centra managing director Martin Kelleher.

Some 100 of these jobs will be created by the opening of a number of new greenfield sites, with the balance created by store extensions and other independent stores joining the Centra network.

The chain, which has 458 stores in the Republic, said 75 per cent of products were produced or sourced in Ireland.

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Feb 13

eBay Inc. Announces Creation of 450 New Jobs in Dundalk

Enda Kenny and Richard Bruton photographed at the beginning of their ...An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., together with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today announced 450 high quality new jobs by eBay, Inc., the world’s leading provider of online marketplaces and payment services.

Based at an Operations Centre in Dundalk, this is supported by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland. The new jobs will help provide the growing European customer base of the company’s eBay Marketplaces and PayPal businesses with an enhanced experience in the areas of customer services, sales and compliance.  The new positions, which are in addition to 1,000 new jobs announced by PayPal last year, are located within its Customer Services team and also based at the Dundalk facility. Gary Hagel, Senior Director, eBay Customer Experience, UK, Ireland and Rest of Europe said: “eBay’s continued commitment to its customers is underlined through this investment in customer services team members fulfilling a variety of roles to make eBay an even better place to shop and sell. Ireland is a centre of excellence for our Global Customer Experience function and the country provides a highly-skilled workforce for eBay with the required technical and language skills, an attractive research environment and proven track record on delivery.”

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Feb 13

Using State property to help business start-ups – Hayes

Junior finance minister Brian HayesMinister of State Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) today welcomed the opening of a new venture, iCompany and wished the company well with its start-up jobs initiative.

iCompany is a not for profit company that approached the OPW to enquire about the availability of accommodation which could be made available to them. A State owned building – 59 Dawson Street in Dublin had recently become vacant and as a new occupant had not been identified, it was decided to facilitate the venture through the use of the building on a pilot basis.

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Feb 13

ESB international creates 80 new jobs

ESB International is to create 80 new jobs as part of an expansion plan.

The company’s to recruit the engineering and technical professionals in Dublin over the next five years, in response to growing demand for their engineering services.

The new employees could then be posted overseas, as the company expands into the Middle East, Turkey and South Africa, where they have secured new contracts.

Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte’s welcomed the announcement, calling the positions high quality, export-orientated jobs targeting over twenty key international markets.

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Feb 13

Back-to-work scheme generates 245 business start-ups

Some 245 new businesses were started in South Kerry during 2012 as a result of a back-to-work scheme.

Operated by South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd (SKDP), the enterprises are in a range of areas including professional services, trades, beauty and health, arts and crafts, food, and childcare services.

A reported 214 of the businesses were set up by people who had been long-term unemployed. It is expected further businesses will be created this year.

A survey has shown 78% of those who started up businesses under the scheme between 2008 and 2010, are continuing to trade, with 10% creating new jobs.

Those availing of the scheme to start up a business can retain a portion of their social welfare benefits, plus secondary benefits, for up to two years.

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Feb 13

Enterprise Ireland chief elated by creation of six net jobs in 2011

Enterprise Ireland (EI)The head of Enterprise Ireland has said he was elated when companies it supported created just six net jobs in 2011 despite the organisation having a budget of €336 million.

Frank Ryan told the Public Accounts Committee yesterday that job losses in indigenous export companies were at their lowest level for 10 years in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Enterprise Ireland firms created 9,076 new jobs, but lost 9,070 jobs.

Discussing the body’s annual report for 2011 which was before the committee yesterday, Mr Ryan said indigenous companies, supported by Enterprise Ireland, had exported a record €15.2 billion worth of goods in 2011, but suffered as a result of the domestic economy.

On its knees

He told the committee that indigenous firms had to contend with a domestic side that was on its “knees”.

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