Sunday 21 January 2018

Digital sector caps a great few days for jobs

TO say it's been a good week on the jobs front is an understatement.

The news of 1,300 jobs over the next four years as a result of a €100m investment by Kerry Group is a much welcome boost at a time when news of jobs in recent years has meant massive cutbacks and heartache for thousands of families.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton told the Irish Independent that it had been a "dream project" that the country would have done anything to win.

And yesterday we were told that 221 positions were created in the digital sector with the help of the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) in the last four years -- even as the country suffered an economic calamity.

Another 70 are expected in the next six months, as the initial tranche of NDRC funding is due to dry up in July. Is this the future for the Irish economy?

Construction was the burgeoning sector prior to the crash, yet the almost polar opposite industries of agri-food and new technologies have emerged this week as having the potential to be at the forefront of the country's recovery, along with the SME sector.

The Government is right to have done everything it could to win over Kerry Group. It must now place the same emphasis on harnessing the country's digital expertise and ensure funding for the sector does not slip.

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