Taoiseach back on home turf as he heralds the creation of new 450 jobs
MORE than 450 new jobs are on the way, it emerged yesterday.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen announced 265 new jobs at a Biotricity power plant in his Offaly constituency last night.
This followed the announcement of 120 multilingual graduates jobs at computer maker Hewlett Packard and a further 40 jobs at internet start-up HeyStaks Technologies by the end of 2013.
Separately, a new pre-paid mobile network launched yesterday -- Just Mobile -- will create 25 jobs and possibly a further 70 over the next two years.
Mr Cowen made the biggest jobs announcement in Tullamore at green energy company, Biotricity, where a new €40m plant is to be built next year.
A total of 200 of the new jobs will be short-term construction positions while building is under way, and a further 65 staff will be employed in operating the plant.
The company's new 15 megawatt facility will be powered by willow, grown by Irish farmers.
The plant, located in Rhode, is expected to generate energy to meet the needs of 5,000 homes -- equal to the size of a small town. The facility will also produce 120,000 tonnes of biofuel.
"I wish to congratulate Biotricity on their ambitious and worthy plan," said Mr Cowen. "It is a shining example of the tangible benefits that the smart economy can bring."