Five companies to deliver 300 smart-economy jobs
FIVE companies have announced plans to create more than 300 highly skilled 'smart economy' jobs.
Three state-backed start-up companies, a leading financial services firm and a burgeoning mobile game developer are all ready to expand.
Fidelity Investments Ireland revealed it would hire 200 staff on top of its current 500-strong workforce in its Dublin and Galway offices.
Fidelity president Travis Carpico told the Irish Independent the new jobs were about "quality, not quantity" and should be filled within a year.
The company established a presence in Ireland in 1996 and has been supported by IDA Ireland.
The 200 additional positions will be advertised with a newspaper campaign in the coming weeks, although some have already been advertised online.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton welcomed the announcement, saying financial services were a key area being targeted in the Government plan for jobs.
Elsewhere, gaming company Swrve will add 100 jobs to its Dublin base after securing a €4.92m investment.
Set up in 2010 by Hugh Reynolds and Steve Collins, the company allows game development teams to test games content on mobile apps.
Swrve is used by some of the world's largest games publishers, and handles the data of five million players every day.
The Government has also announced a projected 30 jobs following a €3.5m investment by the State in advanced manufacturing at three start-up companies, GreenMode Methods, ivVer and HVAC.
GreenMode and ivVer are involved in reducing energy consumption in manufacturing while HVAC has developed an IT system for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Meanwhile, up to 700 full- and part-time jobs are promised if investors in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre succeed with plans for a revamp.
The shopping complex in Clondalkin, west Dublin, has lodged an application with South Dublin County Council seeking planning permission because it currently has a 100pc occupancy rate.
The renovations, valued at close to €25m, would add 10,585.25sqm to the premises.Plans also include building six restaurants spanning three floors as well as a communal civic space that would accommodate various public events.