Tuesday 12 December 2017

Four enterprise projects to create 230 new jobs

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs Enterprise & Innovation
Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs Enterprise & Innovation

Ralph Riegel & Louise Kelly

Four major enterprise projects will bring a total of 230 new jobs to Ireland.

A US-based technology firm has announced its plans to establish a global business services centre in Cork.

The expansion by Itron Incorporated is set to create forty new jobs in Mahon.

The firm is searching for experienced professionals in the areas of accounting, financial controls and financial administration.

Itron provides technology and services for the resourceful use of energy and water.

It is headquartered in the US but has established deep roots across Europe.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

A further 40 new jobs are to be created in Cork by US-based security management firm, AlienVault.

Cork will also get 130 new jobs thanks to the long-awaited re-opening of the refurbished Kingley Hotel which closed after being severely damaged in the River Lee floods in November 2009.

Laois will get 20 new jobs as UK-based technology services firm, Internal Results, expands their Portlaoise operation.

The firm established an Irish operation in 2011 and their expansion will bring their Irish workforce to almost 50.

Ireland’s unemployment rate continues to fall and is now below 12pc.

More than 1.9m people are now employed – the highest rate since the economic crash in 2009.

A total of 60,000 jobs were created in 2013 with this year on course to match or exceed that total.

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton said it was yet another significant employment boost for Ireland.

“A key ambition of the action plan for jobs is to attract new young IT companies to Ireland as they seek to grow their business worldwide,” he said.

Mr Bruton said 2014 has been a great year so far for job creation in the targetted sectors.

He said he was particularly pleased with the AlienVault investment which offers great potential for future job creation.

“I am delighted that AlienVault are opening their new sales and technical support centre in Cork.”

“This will create 40 highly skilled jobs for the Cork region and their decision to commit to Ireland is a testament to the highly skilled workforce here and another example of a company having the confidence to build their business out of Ireland.”

AlienVault, which is based in San Mateo in California, is a leading global provider of security management crowd-sourced threat intelligence services.

The US firm’s president, Barmak Metah, said the decision to locate in Ireland was due to “the immense tech talent that Ireland has to offer.”

Meanwhile, Cork Chamber of Commerce president Gillian Keating said the re-opening of the Kingsley Hotel with the creation of 130 jobs for the Carrigrohane area was a major boost.

She said the hotel will add vital capacity to the city’s tourism and catering capacity.

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