May, 2014


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May 14

125 New Jobs at Medical Device Firm

A home-grown medical devices company is taking on 125 new staff in a multimillion-euro expansion in the midlands.

VistaMed is creating the jobs at its plants in Roosky and Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, where it has officially opened a new extension to its manufacturing plant.

The firm, which makes catheters and stents which are used by medics in heart surgery, said recruitment has already begun and the positions will be filled by the end of this year.

The seven million-euro expansion has been backed by the taxpayer through Enterprise Ireland, the State investment agency for developing Irish companies.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the investment was a great day for Leitrim and an example for companies around the country of what they can achieve.

“VistaMed is a great example of an Irish company, with world-class product offering, performing strongly in highly competitive global markets and employing large numbers of people in Co Leitrim,

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May 14

DMS Offshore Investments to Create 50 New Jobs in Dublin

The world’s largest fund governance firm DMS Offshore Investment Services is to create 50 new jobs in Dublin at its new European operations centre.

The company intends to create 50 new roles in fund governance and risk management as part of an investment supported by the Government and IDA Ireland.

DMS established its Dublin office in 2008 to provide fund governance services to fund promoters, taking advantage of Ireland’s status as a globally recognised international financial services centre with a highly skilled and educated work workforce.

In 2012, the firm added a Management Company service to assist promoters who needed to comply with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).

AIFMD is an EU directive which will bring enhanced governance and monitoring of EU-domiciled Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) and non-EU Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) being marketed to European investors. The new legislation comes into full effect on July 22, 2014.

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May 14

Emydex Technology to Create 20 Software Js in Dublin

Emydex Technology is to create 20 full-time software jobs in Dublin over the next eighteen months, doubling its workforce.

The agri-food software company, which already employs 22 staff, has announced a major deal with the Meat Corporation of Namibia (MeatCo) in Africa.

The meat processing and marketing organisation works on behalf of Namibian farmers and the two-year €300,000 contract will involve six separate MeatCo sites in the Sub-Saharan country.

Emydex Technology CEO David McMahon said the company is benefitting from export-led growth in the agri-food sector.

“Thanks to the solid growth in Irish food exports, there is a corresponding growth in demand for more sophisticated and robust software systems for production management, reporting and traceability. Responding to this growing demand, we will be doubling our workforce over the next 18 months, recruiting twenty highly skilled software programmers to work in our three main operating divisions in Dublin.”

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27
May 14

SAP, Ericsson and Wipro Announce Almost 500 Jobs

Ericsson is to add 120 jobs at its Athlone (pictured) and Dublin operationsAlmost 500 jobs are to be created across four counties by three multinational technology companies.

SAP is increasing the numbers it employs in Galway and Dublin by 260, while Ericsson is to create 120 jobs in Dublin and Athlone and Wipro is adding 100 new jobs in Shannon, Co Clare.

Global business software firm SAP operates in 130 countries, including Ireland, where it already employs 1,200.

The company announced this morning that it is to add 60 research and development roles at its R&D centre in Citywest in Dublin.

It also expects to fill a further 200 technology support positions in Dublin and Galway this year, with recruitment already under way.

Elsewhere, the fifth largest software company in the world, Ericsson, is to add 120 jobs at its Dublin and Athlone operations.

The jobs are across a range of areas, including software development, programme management and consultancy.

Both investments are supported by the Department of Jobs through the IDA.

Meanwhile, an Indian IT, consulting and outsourcing company has announced it will increase its workforce in Shannon, creating 100 jobs over the next year.

Wipro currently employs 200 people, who deliver IT and business process services to banks and financial service businesses across Ireland and the UK.

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27
May 14

Searching for Young Entrepreneurs

Michael Nevin of Longford Local Enterprise Office with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. Photo: Fennell PhotographyLongford Local Enterprise Office has announced a new county-wide competition to find Longford’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

A total prize fund of €50,000 is available to invest in three winning businesses, with €25,000 set aside for the overall winner. Mentoring, marketing, and other supports will be available to participants at various stages of the contest.

The competition is open to individuals aged 30 and under and will be judged in three categories: best new idea, best start-up business, and best established business with new add-on.

“The aim of the initiative is to encourage and support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people in Ireland, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage the establishment and development of new innovative businesses by Ireland’s young entrepreneurs,” said the Minister for Jobs, Innovation, and Enterprise, Richard Bruton.

“This is hugely important for job creation as two thirds of all new jobs are generated by businesses in the first five years of existence – more start-ups and a thriving entrepreneurial culture will lead to more jobs being created.”

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16
May 14

Taoiseach to Announce Jobs Boost for Cork

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will make a significant jobs announcement in Cork this morning as recruitment firm Oxford International unveils a major expansion.

The company, which places IT and engineering specialists all over Europe, currently employs 65 people at its European headquarters at Penrose Quay.

Today’s announcement has been described as a “significant expansion” of its European operations out of Cork.

The Taoiseach will be joined by the company’s global president Michael McGowan, vice president John Murray, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, and several business leaders.

The Taoiseach will also launch the city’s new local enterprise office (LEO) today.

The LEO will be a “first stop shop” for anyone who wants to start or expand their business and create jobs.

The new facility builds on the success of the Cork City Enterprise Board and will be strengthened by the broad reach of Cork City Council.

New protocols have been developed with key agencies such as Revenue, the Department of Social Protection, Microfinance Ireland, and the Credit Review Office to ensure streamlined access to a range of government supports.

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May 14

Competition for Young Entrepreneurs Announced

The Taoiseach and the Minister for Jobs launched the contestTaoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton have launched a new competition to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs.

The competition will be run by Local Enterprise Offices across the country.

It is open to those aged 30 and under and winners at county level will be eligible for an investment of €25,000.

Pointing to the young people in the audience at City Hall, Mr Kenny said there “could be five Mark Zuckerbergs” here.

The project is part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 and is supported by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

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14
May 14

60 Thousand New Construction Jobs By 2020

It's in a bid to kickstart the building trade60-thousand new jobs in the construction industry by the year 2020.

That’s what the Government’s just promised in a bid to kick start the building trade.

They hope their plans will get builders off the dole and provide plenty of new homes for first time buyers.

Enda Kenny’s denied the moves will create another housing bubble:

“I do not accept anybodies assertions that this Government is going to go down the road of creating a further housing bubble. There are a hundred thousand people on the live register who were involved in the construction industry. Plasterers,  block-layers, chippies, tillers, roofers and everything else – we want to see that these people get an opportunity to get back into the world of work.”

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May 14

Marine Institute Welcomes New Marine Jobs & Maritime Training Contract

Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth - An integrated Marine Plan for IrelandKildare-based underwater technology company Cathx Ocean announced last Wednesday that it expects to create 50 high-tech marine jobs over the next two years having just completed a deal to supply US based Bluefin Robotics with their subsea camera and laser based imaging technology.

Last week also saw Ireland’s maritime training college sign a €2m training contract with one of the world’s largest shipping companies Chevron Shipping. The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) and GAC, a global shipping, logistics and marine services provider will train 450 officers with Chevron Shipping under a four year contract.

Biomarine Ingredients Ireland, a joint venture between Norwegian firm Biomarine Science Technology and Killybegs Fisherman’s Organisation held an information launch of their plans build the largest marine food ingredients plant in the world in Killybegs, Co. Donegal. The plant will extract high-end proteins, oils and calcium from species such as boarfish for use as food ingredients. They expect to create up to 70 jobs in Killybegs, as well as up to 50 construction jobs.

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May 14

Kenny Confirms Construction-sector Jobs Plan

The Taoiseach has confirmed plans to unveil a major new jobs plan for the construction sector later this week.

Enda Kenny said Ireland must kickstart a revival in the building trade, not only to address rising house prices but also to get builders back to work.

His comments come after a new report found rent prices had increased by an average of 9% nationally in the last 12 months.

The Taoiseach said the best way to address the chronic shortage of housing was to start building more homes.

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