Accountancy and recycling jobs boost announced
More than 200 jobs were created today at an accountancy firm and plastic bottle recycling facility.
Deloitte Ireland announced it has 30 technology consulting positions to fill immediately and plans to recruit at least 150 graduates for its audit, tax, consulting and corporate finance divisions next year.
Elsewhere, Shabra opened a state-of-the-art €3.5m plastic bottle sorting plant in Monaghan, with 35 new jobs over the next three years.
Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe said the plant, in Castleblayney, is among the best in Europe.
"Shabra is a leading Irish recycling company which generates a significant economic dividend for the border region in direct and spin-off jobs and investments," he added.
Deloitte revealed while the majority of the new jobs are in technology consulting, with some advisory roles available in the firm's audit, consulting and enterprise risk departments.
Pat Cullen, managing partner, said the firm was delighted to be in a position to offer these positions.
"In addition, we are very committed to our graduate recruitment programme and recognise its importance to our own future success and to the Irish economy," he added.
Graduate places will be available in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.
Meanwhile Shabra's joint managing directors, Rita Shah and Oliver Brady, said its expansion was a major step towards building a sustainable green economy in Ireland.
The company, which already employs 49 workers, collects, reprocesses and recycles waste plastic bottles and film.
Mr Brady said: "In positioning ourselves as a leading Irish recycling company, Shabra is keen to demonstrate that, through a strong commitment to innovation and caring for the environment, we can change the way we think about waste plastics and not only make a difference to the environment but bring real economic benefits, too."
Its expansion was supported by the Enterprise Ireland Growth Fund.
Frank Ryan, Enterprise Ireland chief executive, added: "Shabra is a key client of Enterprise Ireland both in terms of its importance to the border region and as a leader in the clean-tech sector - one of Ireland's critical high-growth sectors."