Friday 20 April 2018

The Punt: GAA star could point you to a job

Paul Flynn
Paul Flynn

GAA star Paul Flynn hustles just as hard off the pitch as he does on it.

Dublin's first ever four-in-a-row All Star has just been appointed as business development manager for Lincoln Recruitment Specialists, which specialises in finding talent for accountancy, investment banking, taxation, and professional services positions.

Flynn moves from Aer Lingus, where he worked in employee relations.

He joins a booming industry. Recruiters are reporting a surge in demand for financial services workers, accountants and professional service providers and employers in these areas are reporting rising skills shortages.

The financial services sector has the potential to create up to 10,000 jobs over the next five years, according to a major strategy document released by the Government. It wants Ireland to be "the recognised global location of choice for specialist international financial services, building on our strengths in talent, technology, innovation and excellent client services, while focusing on capturing new opportunities".

An annual financial services summit is to be held in Dublin, akin to the Asian Financial Forum which attracts some 2,600 visitors to Hong Kong.

Anyone operating in this field stands to gain, including recruiters.

Daft director joins Ding

Ding, the successful international phone credit business founded by Mark Roden, has a new chief marketing officer. It's Odhran Ginnitty, who until recently was chief executive at

He was previously chief operations officer at property portal and on its board of directors. He has been credited by Daft co-founder Eamonn Fallon as one of the main drivers of the site's growth.

Now Ginnitty joins Ding's stylish headquarters and 200 or so staff in Dublin's Ballsbridge, at a HQ which processes mobile phone top-ups all over the world. It has also recently opened an engineering hub in Bucharest.

Ding founder Mark Roden won the 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, beating stiff competition from John Purdy of IT service company Ergo and Terry Fox from Cupprint.

He is gearing up to compete in the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, the competition for national winners. It takes place in Monaco in June. Competitors include China's Kenneth Lo, the clothes manufacturing group with over 48,000 employees.

The keynote speakers are pretty starry. Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz and WPP chief executive Martin Sorrell will speak alongside Jessica Alba. The star's business credentials now exceed her acting plaudits; her chemical-free children's goods company, The Honest Company, clocked in sales of around €150m last year.

Fry moves to Lawyers' Lane

William Fry has taken up residence in one of the country's hottest pieces of real estate. The 400-strong corporate law practice, one of the country's elite Big Five, has begun its move into No 2 Grand Canal Square in the trendy Dublin docklands.

It has a huge boardroom with sweeping views over the capital. Its vast atrium boasts a stunning installation which depicts a passage from James Joyce's 'Finnegans Wake' - spelled backwards. Nearby residents include HSBC, Facebook and Google. They also include most of Fry's direct competitors; though better known as a technology hub, the docklands has also morphed into a hotspot for corporate law.

Fry is almost neighboured by McCann Fitzgerald and Matheson, while Maples and Calder sits across the road on Barrow Street and A&L Goodbody is just across the Liffey on North Wall Quay. The sole exception is State favourite Arthur Cox, which is expanding its offices in Earlsfort Terrace opposite the National Concert Hall.

Irish Independent

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