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Sunday 16 December 2018

Dundalk's 1,000 new jobs in 2017

Employment increases as series of companies to create 1,000 jobs

Shay Weston (left), Executive Manager, Customer Service and David Harney (fourth left), Chief Executive of Irish Life, with Deirdre Craven, IDA, Aidan Browne, DkIT, Michael Gaynor, President, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Declan Breathnach TD at the announcement of Irish Life’s plans for major expansion in Dundalk with the development of a new Customer Service Centre.
Shay Weston (left), Executive Manager, Customer Service and David Harney (fourth left), Chief Executive of Irish Life, with Deirdre Craven, IDA, Aidan Browne, DkIT, Michael Gaynor, President, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Declan Breathnach TD at the announcement of Irish Life’s plans for major expansion in Dundalk with the development of a new Customer Service Centre.

Olivia Ryan

Job creation in Louth rose by 5% in 2017, according to new figures from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

The figures emerged after a year in which 1,000 new jobs were announced in Dundalk alone.

As the economy began to strengthen over the last twelve months, Dundalk was chosen by a number of overseas companies as its base, including Graebel (125 jobs) and UK pharmaceutical firm Wasdell, which announced 300 jobs last year for a new base at Mullaharlin. There were also indications this may increase to 500 over the next few years.

National Pen announced it will be recruiting another 250 staff for its Dundalk facility

There were also a number of smaller, but significant announcements from: Supervalu (55 jobs at new premises on old Fairways site); Almac, Northern Ireland firm to create 100 jobs in Dundalk as part of 'Brexit proofing'; Nova Leah to employ another 78 staff; Multihog announced recruitment of 40 new staff and Dundalk based Diaeutics will be taking on a further 30 employees.

The employment analysis emerged as Enterprise Ireland revealed a 5% rise in jobs in Louth over the last year.

It confirmed that 6,121 people are now employed in Louth by companies which are supported by Enterprise Ireland.

Nationally there were 19,000 jobs were created across Ireland by companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2017.

Two thirds (64%) of the new jobs created were outside of Dublin.

There was strong jobs growth in the Construction, Engineering, Lifesciences, Digital Technology, Electronics, Food and ICT sectors across the country.

Live register figures for the end of 2017 also indicated the number of people on the dole queue in Dundalk had fallen to 4,101. This was down 14.5% on the number of claimants at the end of 2016.

The CSO figures also showed that in Louth as a whole there were 9,079 people on the live register across the county at the end of 2017.

This was also a considerable fall from the 10,909 the previous year.

Despite the welcome series of jobs announcements throughout 2017, Dundalk does, however, now have a greater number of people on the live register than Drogheda, where 3,915 people had been signing on at the end of 2017.

Louth TD Fergus O'Dwod said he welcome the 'employment boost in Enterprise Ireland backed companies' over the last year

'These results are excellent news for the County and are consistent with the strong employment performance across the economy.

We have seen some really strong employment announcements in the later half of 2017 in County Louth and I would hope that will continue in the first quarter of 2018.'

'The Action Plan for Rural Development which launched last year is committed to ensuring that the economic recovery is felt throughout Ireland and the creation of rural jobs is vital in order to achieve this.

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