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Job seekers hope careers will take off in Etihad offer

HUNDREDS of hopefuls turned up at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin in the hope of getting a job with Etihad Airways. For the fourth time in five months, the airline came to the capital seeking new recruits -- and the job seekers turned out again in their throngs.

Among those who showed up was teenager Christina O'Connor, daughter of Fair City star Alan O'Neill aka Carrigstown's mechanic Keith McGrath.

She explained that her parents were very supportive of her application despite all cabin crew being based nearly 6,000km away in Abu Dhabi.

"[My mother and father] just want me to start doing something with myself," Christina (19), from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, said.

"I really want to get experience and I've been looking at jobs with Aer Lingus as well.

"I love flying and travelling so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity."

Tuelo Mmipi (32) moved to Ireland from her home country of Botswana in 2009.

While she managed to find work in Ireland shortly after she arrived, her Irish boyfriend has encouraged her to work with Etihad.

"The first few weeks in Ireland were tough because of the economy but I eventually found my role as a care worker.

"I go where work takes me."

A company spokesperson remarked that Etihad were looking to fill at least 100 positions.