30/09/2013

Over 1,300 Jobs Announced In Ireland Last Week

Fine Gael Dublin South Central Deputy, Catherine Byrne, has said the fact that more than 1,300 jobs were announced in the last week is a strong signal that confidence in the Irish economy is growing and that the policies being adopted by Government are the right ones.

"In the last week 1,329 jobs were announced by 11 different companies in Ireland, across 4 counties. These jobs are being created in a range of sectors from financial services to retail and agri-food to ICT.

"These jobs are being created in Dublin, Westmeath, Kildare and Monaghan and include 300 jobs at Dell (Dublin), 250 jobs at Dealz retailers (nationwide), 150 jobs at Qulatrics survey technology provider (Dublin), 50 permanent and 200 seasonal jobs at Stream Services call centre (Dublin), 100 jobs at Twitter (Dublin), 53 jobs at Swift Fine Foods (Monaghan), 30 jobs at Green Farm Foods (Westmeath), 55 jobs at Heatons, 50 jobs at the National Digital Research Centre (Dublin) and 40 jobs at Nando’s Restaurant (Dublin).

"While there is still a long way to go before we get to where we want to be in terms of the unemployment figures, I am very heartened by the progress the Government is making in creating an environment in which businesses can grow and prosper.

"We are now at the stage where we are creating an average of 3,000 jobs a month, with the most recent CSO figures indicating that 33,800 new jobs were created in the last year. While this is very encouraging, it is imperative that we continue to ensure that the right measures are in place to reduce red tape for businesses and to incentivise companies, both domestic and foreign, to expand and develop operations here so that we can continue to push the Live Register figures down.

"We are heading into Budget season in a few weeks' time, for the first time ever in October. I have no doubt that initiatives such as the Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work will continue to focus on the most effective ways of making sure the needs of the jobs market are met and that those who are in need of work are assisted in securing available positions."

(CD/MH)

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