140 jobs created but 80 facing the sack
THERE was mixed news on the jobs front yesterday with both redundancies and new jobs announced.
While 140 new jobs are being created in Shannon, Co Clare, 80 staff in Wexford have been made redundant at an engineering firm.
US electronics and mobile phone accessories firm Zagg is to team up with a local Clare firm to establish a manufacturing facility resulting in the new jobs.
But workers at Ellickson Engineering learned of their redundancies at a meeting with accountancy firm Grant Thorton, which has just been appointed receiver at the firm.
It is understood the company owes Bank of Ireland €1.5m.
Grant Thornton's Michael McAteer said yesterday he was hopeful that the company could be sold as a going concern and some workers could keep their jobs.
Zagg, whose clients include iphone maker Apple, is expected to officially announce the new jobs next month.
The company has already taken over the 30,000sq ft former Tyco facility in Shannon, and the joint venture is expected to employ 300 people by 2014.
Workers at the Shannon base will manufacture products like cases, screen protectors and headsets for the European, Asian and African markets.
Meanwhile, the organisers of a jobs fair, which attracted a staggering number of applicants last year, have admitted that the turnout to this year's event was lower than expected.
Around 550 people attended a morning session yesterday of the second annual Jobs Fair at Dublin's EastPoint and while more attended in the afternoon, organisers said that the figures did not come close to last year's, when more than 1,500 job seekers turned up.
Some 200 new jobs were on offer in the IT, financial services, telecommunications and aviation sectors.