Saturday 16 December 2017

Eddie bags €45,000 for first tip-off to create jobs here

Eddie Horkan: tip-off brought US firm to Carlow
Eddie Horkan: tip-off brought US firm to Carlow

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

A MAYO man will get a €45,000 fee for giving the first tip-off to the State to bring jobs to the country.

Eddie Horkan's contacts have led US engineering firm Intergeo Services to create 30 jobs by locating in Carlow rather than Scotland.

The Philadelphia-based company was well advanced in its plans to expand by setting up a centre in Glasgow for clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, when Eddie intervened.

The father-of-three and civil engineer (42), who lives in Carlow, discovered that his pal Phil McGoldrick, a Scotsman who lived nearby, was fronting the UK investment.

He suggested that he could avoid having to relocate by bringing the investment to Carlow instead.

The result is the first success story of the Government's Succeed in Ireland scheme, which encourages everyone to use their connections to bring jobs here.

The Government announced the scheme, which is run by consultants Connect Ireland with IDA support, last March as part of its Action Plan for Jobs.

Mr Horkan is now set to get €15,000 of his fee upfront, and the rest will be paid as the jobs are rolled out.

At least 30 workers will be hired to fill roles for civil engineers, environmental engineers, quantity surveyors, financial and administrative staff over three years. Recruitment will start immediately.

They will carry out work online for construction projects around the world.

"The investment was originally intended to go to Scotland and the company was quite a way down the road with that and had almost made the final decision on it," said Mr Horkan.

"I introduced my pal to the Succeed in Ireland scheme and I think that took away a lot of the headaches for him.

"I wasn't expecting such a tip-off fee, because when I started the introduction I didn't realise they were planning on hiring so many people. It's a lot of money -- practically a year's gross earnings. It's a nice windfall."

Scheme

Chairman of ConnectIreland, Terry Clune, said many people may not have thought the connector's fee was "real money" when the scheme was announced, but its first company win showed it was.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the scheme will allow Ireland to attract jobs from companies that would not otherwise be reached by the State's enterprise agencies.

Succeed in Ireland pays those who provide successful tip offs a minimum of €1,500 per job, and up to half of the fee is paid upfront.

It aims to create 5,000 jobs within five years, mainly in small and medium-sized businesses.

Irish Independent

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