Irish firms seal Olympic contracts
Irish companies have so far clinched more than €200m worth of contracts for the 2012 Olympic Games, it has been revealed.
Builders, electricians, architects and software and renewable energy professionals will all work on preparations for the massive sporting programme in London.
Enterprise Ireland and senior officials from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the body tasked with developing the project's buildings and infrastructure, will hold a seminar on Wednesday to attract further Irish businesses.
Batt O'Keeffe, Enterprise Minister, said the scale of the contracts won was testament to the high standard of the businesses involved.
"The ongoing co-operation between the ODA and Enterprise Ireland has resulted in valuable business opportunities and jobs for Irish firms and their workers," Mr O'Keeffe said.
"And the impact of the contract wins will have knock-on revenue implications for Irish sub-suppliers.
"I strongly urge other Irish companies to exploit the opportunity and support available through Enterprise Ireland and the ODA to secure contracts in the next phase of preparation for London 2012."
The next development phase involves the fitting-out of buildings and day-to-day running of the Games, with further contracts potentially up for grabs in security, catering, mobile buildings, waste management and venue fit-out.
Frank Ryan, Enterprise Ireland chief executive, said the scale of the games represented a huge opportunity for Irish firms.
"The Irish successes to date prove that Irish companies can compete against global competitors and win these prestigious and important contracts," he said.