20 new Centra stores
Convenience store chain Centra is opening 20 new shops around the country in the months ahead which will create 400 positions With an existing 465 stores, Centra already employs almost 10,000 people.
Elsewhere, Alexion Pharmaceuticals said it was creating 40 positions with the opening of a vialling facility in Athlone. In Cork, communications provider Zevas is taking on 50 new staff at its headquarters on Monahan Road.
AWARD FOR HAASS
US diplomat Richard Haass will receive the 2013 Tipperary International Peace Award for his work trying to resolve outstanding issues in the Northern Ireland peace process.
The award will be presented to Dr Haass at the Tipperary Peace Convention later this year for his efforts to broker a deal on the highly contentious issues of parades, flags, and the legacy of more than three decades of violence.
HIGH-SPEED BUS PLANS
PUBLIC consultation on plans for a high-speed bus service in the capital will begin on February 17.
The National Transport Authority proposes building three bus rapid transit systems linking Swords with the city centre, Blanchardstown to UCD and Clongriffin to Tallaght, which would cost up to €650m. The proposals are subject to funding, and permission is expected to be sought later this year.
IRISH RAIL PAY CUTS
WORKERS in Irish Rail face a cut in pay until March 2017 if they accept new cost-slashing measures proposed by the Labour Relations Commission.
The new proposals are a last desperate attempt to avert industrial action at the semi-state, despite Transport Minister Leo Varadkar saying only weeks ago that a strike was "inevitable".