Wednesday 7 December 2016

American chamber's job claims is music to Enda's ears

Paul O'Donoghue

Published 17/12/2015 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny joins the staff choir in the Department of the Taoiseach during the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny joins the staff choir in the Department of the Taoiseach during the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

The American Chamber of Commerce has made ambitious claims that US multinationals will create 14,000 Irish jobs over the next two years.

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Among the companies that said it plans to hire significantly in the coming years was management and technology consulting firm Accenture, which expects to take on between 300 and 400 staff in Dublin in addition to recently announced plans to hire 200 people.

Online payments giant PayPal also reiterated its target to take on 500 staff by 2018 between its operations in Dublin and Dundalk.

The ambitious target was laid out at a World of Talent event yesterday attended by senior executives from a variety of US companies including Twitter, LinkedIn, Intel, PayPal and Microsoft, and which was addressed by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Asked about the ambitious jobs target, American Chamber chief executive Mark Redmond said: "We believe on the basis of what we have heard that you could conservatively say US companies will be hiring 14,000 people in the coming years".

Mr Kenny told the event that "the best of talent and the best of companies are registered here.

"We want that word out to Australia, America, Europe and everywhere else," he said.

Following the event, the Taoiseach later joined his department's staff choir for the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols in Government Buildings.

Irish Independent

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