April, 2014


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Apr 14

Up to 180 new Jobs as IDA Signs Contracts to Build two Regional Tech Facilities

Up to 180 new jobs as IDA signs contracts to build two regional tech facilitiesBetween 160 and 180 construction jobs are in the pipeline after IDA Ireland signed contracts to build new facilities in Athlone and Waterford to attract technology and advanced manufacturing investments.

This is the first time since the early 1980s that IDA Ireland has funded and managed the construction of an advanced property solution for the marketplace.

The investments are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

The details of the two construction projects were announced at a sod turning ceremony today in Athlone, attended by senior IDA executives and Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

“It is encouraging that in the past 12 months, every region of the country has seen an increase in employment, with agriculture and tourism in particular contributing to jobs growth in rural areas,” said Bruton.

“As part of Action Plan 2014, we are bringing a particular focus on regional job creation, and are delivering a range of measures to support this goal, with the establishment of the Local Enterprise Offices, the development of regional enterprise strategies and creation of a county-based X-Factor-style competition to find the best entrepreneur in the country.

“Today’s announcement that IDA is resuming construction programmes in the midlands and the south-east is an important part of this. I welcome this announcement and look forward to seeing the results in the coming months.”

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24
Apr 14

PhoneWatch Expands Operations in Ireland with Creation of 230 Jobs

PhoneWatch expands operations in Ireland with creation of 230 jobsIreland’s largest home security company has announced that it is to expand its operations in Ireland with the creation of 230 new jobs in the roles of engineering, sales and operational areas of the business.

With recruitment getting under way immediately, the company, who currently employ 150 people in Ireland, will be looking to set up a number of new offices across the country in Dublin, Cork and up to ten other regional centres.

The company was previously Eircom’s home security division, Eircom PhoneWatch, but was purchased in 2013 by Norwegian company Sector Alarm Corporation, the second largest home security company in Europe with over 1,000 people employed in Norway, Sweden, Spain and Ireland.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, said: “A key part of our Action Plan for Jobs is delivering a regional spread in job-creation, and we have seen significant progress on this in the past year with jobs now growing in every region of the country. Today’s announcement that over 200 jobs will be created in 12 regional centres is a further boost in this. I congratulate PhoneWatch and Sector Alarm Corporation on this new investment”.

Eoin Dunne, managing director of PhoneWatch also added: “We are establishing a regional office network to bring us even closer to our customers and to enable us to deliver an enhanced and superior service to our customers. Our strong regional presence will also be strategically important to us as we introduce innovative new products and services to the Irish market and continue to grow our business here”.

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Apr 14

Fumbally Exchange to Open 13 Locations after Dublin Success

    Fumbally Exchange founder George Boyle with President Michael D Higgins at the official opening of the organisation’s new flagship building. Picture Jason Clarke Photography Fumbally Exchange, a not-for-profit organisation that offers a low-cost base and collaboration opportunities for creative businesses, has announced plans to open at as many as 13 new locations.

The organisation, which was founded by architect George Boyle in 2010 to provide working space for would-be entrepreneurs, said it had tripled its membership of small businesses, sole traders and start-ups to more than 150 in the past year. Collectively, these new businesses have a combined turnover of more than €6 million.

According to Ms Boyle, who was speaking at the official opening of the organisation’s flagship building in Dame Lane, Dublin 2 today, more than two-thirds of Fumbally-based businesses are planning to expand this year.

The Fumbally Exchange, which was originally based in Fumbally Square, Dublin 8, was inspired by the Metropolitan Exchange in New York, was originally envisioned as a response to the recession, but has since come to thrive as an effective model for creative business. It seeks to transform how people work by creating a collaborative environment.

The exchange currently hosts 158 member businesses working across a range of sectors including architecture, digital media, copywriting, engineering, interior design, event planning, publishing and photography.

In addition to the Dame Lane building, which was recently refurbished through the voluntary efforts of its members, the organisation also has locations in Balbriggan, Co Dublin and Waterford, as well as a sister Exchange in Ravenna, Italy.

Fumbally Exchange is opening what it calls a “hedge school for businesses” later this month, which will be known as the FEx Academy. The initiative, which will be based at Dame Lane, will offer training and education for small organisations.

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Apr 14

Minister Launches New Initative and Showroom

Pictured left to right at the launch of Willow Design & Publishings show room in Dublin were David Knight, Managing Director Willow Design, Louise Ward, Roscommon County Enterprise Board, Edward ODonoghue, Paper Kisses Ltd, Willows Distributor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, Carmel Felle, Vice President CSNA, Don Duffy, Willow Design, Pauline Whyte, Western Development Commission and Rita Meehan Willow Design.Willow Design & Publishing and Paper Kisses, Greeting Card distributors launched an new and exciting initiative with the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association of Ireland (CSNA) and also launched their new Showroom in Dublin with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD on Monday.

CSNA offer these exclusive deals to their members (over 1000 newsagents in Ireland) which offer great value and real cost savings as part of their membership of their association.

Willow Designs are one of their exclusive Member Deals and are now recommended supplier, offering Irish Made Greeting Cards and additional bespoke new products to their members.

A spokesperson for CSNA stated “The CSNA are delighted to be associated with Willow, and would ask our members to avail of their offer through our Member Deals page at www.csna.ie or email deals@csna.ie.”

Meanwhile managing Director Willow design and Publishing David Knight commented “This gives Willow Design a great opportunity to supply our Greeting Cards and Calendars, throughout the length and breadth of Ireland.

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18
Apr 14

Trilogy Technologies to Create 30 New Tech Jobs

Trilogy Technologies to create 30 new tech jobs  Edel Creely, managing director, Trilogy Technologies, with Taoiseach Enda KennyICT service provider Trilogy Technologies is to create 30 new jobs in Ireland and is expanding its presence in the UK through the acquisition of B2Lateral in London, which employs 20 people.

The expansion was announced at the opening of Trilogy’s new headquarters in Dublin at No.1 High Street, Dublin 8.

“Trilogy Technologies has grown by more than 250pc in the last four years,” said Edel Creely, managing director, Trilogy Technologies.

“Due to our continued growth we needed to expand our facility in Dublin as well as acquire a new office in the UK to take advantage of the growing demand for managed services.

“This expansion and acquisition will play a strategic role in the company’s ongoing development as we continue to grow to an expected turnover in excess of €10m in the next months,” Creely said.

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14
Apr 14

Taoiseach Lauds Entrepreneurs at ‘Irish Times’ Innovation Awards

Wayne Byrne and Eoin Casey of OxyMem, overall winners in The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. Photograph: Conor McCabe PhotographyThe island’s hottest new innovators received some well-deserved recognition at this year’s awards where Enda Kenny presented UCD spin-out Oxymem with the overall prize

The historic baroque architecture of Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin played host to 3D presentations and a host of high-tech new innovations at this year’s Irish Times InterTradeIreland awards.

Guest of honour was Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who had the previous night attended the official banquet at Windsor Castle hosted by Queen Elizabeth, as part of the State Visit by President Higgins to Britain.

The Taoiseach was not alone in flying in from Britain in time to attend this year’s awards. The overall winner was also in Britain hours before the event.

Instead of witnessing the pomp and pageantry at Windsor Castle, however, Wayne Byrne was waist-deep in the waste water of Birmingham’s main treatment plant, demonstrating OxyMem’s new technology to potential buyers from across the world.

It was this export-orientated approach and a focus on the global potential of new business ideas that featured in the Taoiseach’s keynote speech as well.

In a speech that touched heavily on the significance of the visit to Britain by President Higgins, Mr Kenny underlined how stronger links across the islands can boost business.

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14
Apr 14

22 NewJobs with Wind Energy Manufacturer ENERCON

14th April 2014 – Dublin – Today, Minister Pat Rabbitte TD officially opened ENERCON`s new European sales office in Santry, Dublin.

ENERCON is Europe’s leading supplier for wind energy turbines onshore with the highest vertical integration in the wind industry. Minister Rabbitte was joined for the occasion by the ENERCON’s Head of Sales, Northern Europe, Robin Borgert.

ENERCON’s Dublin team will have sole responsibility for sales, project management, electrical engineering, logistics coordination and site assessment in Ireland.

ENERCON will have 22 people employed at their new office, with future growth expected. This investment is supported by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

ENERCON is active in Ireland since 1998, with more than 640 MW and 350 turbines have been installed in Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is every 4th turbine installed on the island. ENERCON operates five service stations across the country, with 130 people currently working in the field of installation and servicing of wind turbines. ENERCON operates factories in eight countries and has more than 17,000 employees worldwide.

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14
Apr 14

New Irish TV Station to Create 150 Jobs

A NEW Irish TV channel creating 150 jobs, which will be broadcast here, across Europe and in the US, will be launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

IrishTv is the brainchild of husband and wife team Pierce O’Reilly and Maireach Ni Mhaoilchiarain, and the station will feature 50 home-produced programmes a week.

The couple, backed by Mayo-born multi-millionaire John Griffin, have bought Sky Channel 191, but the programmes will also be available on Freesat, in the US on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and online at IrishTV.ie and IrishTV.com.

Mr Griffin, who recently sold the UK’s largest minicab service, Addison Lee, for €360m, is chair of the new €15m project.

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14
Apr 14

270 New Jobs for Limerick in €80m Ethicon Biosurgery Investment

Some 270 new jobs have been announced for Limericas part of an €80m investment by Ethicon Biosurgery Ireland.

Ethicon, part of Johnson & Johnson, is a worldwide leader in providing medical patches that help stem blood flow from patients.

The company is to establish a manufacturing facility at the National Technology Park in Plassey.

The new Limerick facility will manufacture EVARREST™ Sealant Matrix, a novel product that rapidly and reliably aids in stopping bleeding during surgery.

Recruitment is underway and the positions will be filled over the next five years.

An additional 150 construction jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project.

The Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton and the Finance Minister Michael Noonan are on hand for the announcement in Limerick this afternoon.

Limerick City and County Council manager Conn Murray said: “The €80m expansion of Ethicon today is a major vote of confidence in Limerick which is fast becoming home to a hub of the leading players in the life sciences and medical devices sectors.

“I welcome the fact that some of the most advanced surgical care in the world, enhancing patients lives across the globe will now be made in Limerick by Limerick people.”

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14
Apr 14

10,000 apply for 400 Defence Forces Openings

Military keen to modernise with efforts to recruit more women and ethnic minorities.

Nearly 10,000 people have applied for just 400 new jobs in the Defence Forces, the Sunday Independent has learned.

The Department of Defence has been swamped with applications for permanent and reserve forces positions in the army and navy.

Applications closed last week for the second major recruitment drive by the Defence Forces. In 2012, 10,460 people applied for 600 posts in the army and navy.

In this drive, a total of 9,441 have applied for 400 jobs so it will be even harder to get selected this time round.

Defence Minister Alan Shatter sanctioned the new posts in order to ensure that the army, navy and air corps maintains its “objective strength” of 9,500 personnel as the Defence Forces engages in its largest-ever multinational peacekeeping operations in 14 countries around the world.

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