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Friday 28 July 2017

Jobs boost as global firms plan bases here

Fiona Ellis, George Deegan and Peter Flanagan

HUNDREDS of jobs will be created in coming months as two international firms expand.

Most of the jobs, around 300, will be created in Shannon, and a formal announcement is expected within days.

Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton is to announce the opening of a new European services centre by US mobile-phone accessory producer ZAGG.

The centre is expected to create 160 jobs immediately for Zagg and a partner company, and a further 140 jobs over the next three years.

This week, Shannon Development confirmed that 254 jobs were lost last year at the Shannon Free Zone business and technology park -- a drop of 4pc to 6,066.

Another boost for the Shannon area should result from a €14m contract secured by Bustec Ltd.

The company, which supplies technology to NASA, would only confirm yesterday that "a number of important announcements will be made by Bustec" on Friday and that the contract was "very significant".

Elsewhere, 40 jobs will be created when hostels firm Generator opens the country's biggest backpacker hostel in Smithfield, Dublin, in June. The jobs will encompass a range of roles, including finance, receptionists, night staff and bar staff.

The 530-bed facility will open on the site of the former Chief O'Neill's hotel on Smithfield Plaza.

Amenities will include a VIP suite, female-only dorms and self-catering kitchens.

Private-equity firm Patron Capital, the main backer of Generator, bought the hotel site for €8.5m.

Generator has hostels in London, Berlin and Copenhagen, which between them register around 40,000 visitors a month.

Petition

Meanwhile, almost 100,000 people have signed a petition to protect Quinn Insurance jobs. Some 90,000 people are calling on the Government to take action to protect some 20,000 jobs as the future of the insurance group hangs in the balance.

The petition was coordinated by Quinn employees along with community and business groups.

A spokesperson said the petition was an expression of the deep concern of people from a large area on both sides of the Border and was a plea to Finance Minister Michael Noonan to take the matter in hand.

Copies of the petition will be given to the Financial Regulator and the National Treasury Management Agency today.

Irish Independent

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