15,000 applicants compete for 500 new jobs at airport
More than 15,000 people have applied for just 500 jobs -- almost 30 applicants per position -- at Dublin Airport's new terminal.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) confirmed it received the huge amount of applications since the vacancies were advertised on its website in June and July.
A spokeswoman for the authority said it had been expecting a strong reaction to the new jobs given the high unemployment rate, but was still shocked at the huge number of job requests.
"So far we've filled 300 positions, and we expect to fill the rest by the end of next week," the DAA's Siobhan Moore said. "We stopped taking in any more applications a couple of weeks ago."
The vacancies include 70 posts in the DAA's retail arm in the new Terminal 2, which will sell cosmetics, alcohol, tobacco and souvenirs.
The remainder of the positions will be divided among passenger service roles and posts in facilities management, which include security, cleaning and maintenance.
Of the 300 new recruits, two-thirds were unemployed when they applied, while others came from backgrounds as diverse as IT, plumbing, taxi driving, and the construction and aviation industries.
Several people were also taken on after being let go from aircraft ground handling company Aviance, which made 59 workers redundant when it pulled out of its Dublin Airport base last year.
More than 900 jobs are expected to be created by the time Terminal 2 opens in November, including at least 400 positions coming from retail chains that plan to open stores in the building.
The majority of workers will begin training for their new jobs next Monday, with a number of trial runs for the new terminal set to take place before employees are brought in full-time from mid-October.
"The vast majority of the new employees have second-level education, with some having third-level qualifications," Ms Moore added.
"The youngest recruit is 19, while the oldest is in his late 50s, so it covers a large cross-section of the public."