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Saturday 27 May 2017

Fashion jobs are absolutely fabulous for Enda and Joan

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Robert Gentz, CEO Tanaiste Joan Burton TD during an officiall opening a new operation by Zalando in Ireland a their offices on Barrow Street (Gareth Chaney Collins)
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Robert Gentz, CEO Tanaiste Joan Burton TD during an officiall opening a new operation by Zalando in Ireland a their offices on Barrow Street (Gareth Chaney Collins)
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Enda looked a little relieved as he emerged from the lift into the funky surrounds of Zalando. Given that he was officiating at the opening of the Dublin hub of a multi-billion online fashion company, one suspects he feared he would be swamped by stilettos, bothered by ballgowns and flustered by fascinators.

But he need not have feared. Zalando may have been announcing the welcome creation of 200 jobs to its new high-tech base on Barrow Street in the heart of Silicon Docks - but the company is seeking scientists, engineers and the like, rather than creative folk likely to suddenly drape him in silk and bully him into a bow tie.

Though just in case, he'd brought a wing-woman. The Tánaiste benefited from the absence of Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, who is on a trade mission to the Gulf this week (Richard loves sharing his job announcements with the Boss). With Joan by Enda's side, they were wreathed in smiles. Also in for a look around was local Labour TD and junior minister Kevin Humphreys.

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