Bord na Mona is to create 91 jobs over next three years
STATE-run Bord na Mona is to create 91 jobs over the next three years.
The positions, which will be at the company's headquarters in Newbridge, Co Kildare, are part of a six million euro investment.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabitte unveiled the plans today.
"If we are to rebuild the economy and create the jobs we so badly need, we must create an indigenous engine of growth," said Mr Bruton.
"A key part of my plan to support indigenous business and create sustainable jobs is picking winners - we must target supports at the sectors where we have advantages and the companies with potential in order to create high-growth indigenous businesses which will drive future growth."
The new jobs - in research and development, engineering, science and business - will be aimed at graduates and skilled workers.
Bord na Mona also unveiled plans to mentor new small and medium-sized businesses in the Midlands region and recently announced a separate recruitment drive for 20 high-tech positions, which are expected to be filled by March.
"Today's announcement is about providing concrete supports to a large, successful state company to create real, high-end jobs in the sector," Mr Bruton went on.
"If we are ambitious and if we act decisively I believe that we can create large numbers of jobs in this sector and I am determined to see that through."
The six million euro investment, which represents a 50% increase in research and development spend over the last three years, is supported by Government agency Enterprise Ireland.
The aim is to boost Bord na Mona's innovation sectors, which include clean technology, carbon reduction and growing media.
Mr Rabitte congratulated the organisation on its ambitious plans.
"Bord na Mona is an integral part of Ireland's heritage and this investment in innovation ensures it will be integral to Ireland's future as an innovation nation," said Mr Rabitte.
"Bord na Mona is a significant contributor to Ireland's economy in terms of employment and output and this significant step to secure their future growth and invest in their international strategy is to be strongly welcomed."
Meanwhile, company chief executive Gabriel D'Arcy said the plans would play an important role in the move from peat-based activities to more sustainable and clean technologies.
"We want to work with the community in our area to achieve our goals and we intend to work with start-up companies in these sectors in the region to help us reach our goals," Mr D'Arcy added.