US healthcare firm to create 100 jobs in west
A TOP US healthcare company is to create 100 new jobs in Galway.
Alere, which manufactures diagnostic and health-management products, is to establish its International Business Service Centre at the IDA Business and Technology Park at Parkmore in the city.
The company is a world leader in the provision of rapid diagnostics for a wide range of life-threatening conditions.
The new jobs in Galway will be created over the next four years and will be in customer and technical support, finance, legal and logistics management and quality assurance.
Meanwhile, Dungloe in Co Donegal is to get a badly needed jobs boost with a new heritage centre and bar development that will create up to 20 full and part-time jobs.
Elsewhere, more than 30 firms have offered unpaid internships under a new government scheme aimed at getting people back to work.
All the offers are from private companies except one.
The Department of Social Protection, which runs the scheme, said the internships were not designed to replace someone who had been let go.
"The host organisations . . . must make a declaration that they will not displace an employee. If they're abusing that, they will be banned from using the scheme," a spokeswoman said.
The internship scheme was launched earlier this week by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton and will offer 5,000 work-experience placements.
Participants will receive an allowance of €50 a week on top of social-welfare entitlements.