Sunday 26 February 2017

‎IDA firms create 9,00 jobs in first half, up 1,000 on year

Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Timothy Walbert (back right), Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, and staff members Megan McGroary and Anne Marie Gittens at the official opening of the new global headquarters of Horizon Pharma in Dublin yesterday
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Timothy Walbert (back right), Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, and staff members Megan McGroary and Anne Marie Gittens at the official opening of the new global headquarters of Horizon Pharma in Dublin yesterday

IDA client companies created 9,000 jobs in the ‎first half of this year, up from 8,000 a year ago.

The agency said there were 110 job announcements this year, up from 100 last year.

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan said the agency was focused on getting more jobs to areas outside Dublin and there were now job announcements earmarked for all eight of its administrative regions around Ireland.

“The first half of the year represented a very strong performance for Ireland from an FDI perspective, particularly when one considers the challenging backdrop in Europe and parts of Asia. It is very satisfying that major global players are voting confidence in the Irish economy, which is set to be the fastest growing in Europe this year, with FDI playing a strong part in that performance," he said.

“Attracting investments into all regions will take time, but based on some of the significant investments we have seen to date – I'm confident that we are progressing in the right direction and I expect that IDA will be in a position to announce several more significant investments in regional locations in the coming months," Mr Shanahan added.

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