Fresh hope for young workers who faced life abroad
THEY are looking to the future in a town that has enjoyed a series of major jobs announcements in the growing e-commerce sector.
Young people in Dundalk were speaking with renewed hope that their reluctant plans for emigration could now be shelved.
Father-of-one Robert Quinn (30), pictured, from nearby Ardee speaks French and Spanish and is doing an international business course, which includes learning Chinese. He was planning to leave in the summer.
"I have plans made to emigrate to England in June but I will be applying now for one of these jobs," he said. "I worked in Navan Carpets for three years and it closed and then I was a fork-lift driver. I went back to full-time education because I thought I had more potential."
On the same course at Dundalk Institute of Technology is Tomas Wilkinson (30), pictured, who was made redundant by Telefonica O2 Ireland almost a year ago.
If he does not get a job he will emigrate also, but he was buoyed by yesterday's news. "It is brilliant news. I have been applying for jobs throughout my course and this appeals because it is based around emerging markets."
Kieran Pickering (28) was with Vodafone in Dundalk for 10 years but was made redundant in August.
"It would be very exciting to be part of such a massive company – eBay and PayPal are part of everyday life for so many people."
Amanda Nulty (39), pictured, from Julianstown, Co Meath, who plans to apply for a job with eBay, said: "I think it's fantastic news and hopefully they will take people like me from the live register." She worked in the hotel industry for five years before the recession and also hopes she won't have to leave Ireland – "but if that is where the jobs are, I will go".