30/03/2016

Over 150 Construction Jobs Announced With New Govt Dept HQ

A total of 155 full time construction jobs are to be created for the construction of a new government department headquarters in Ballykelly.

The contract, to build the new headquarters for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has been awarded to JH Turkington and Sons. The project will eventually see around 600 civil service jobs move to the north west and is the first time a government department has relocated its HQ to a rural area.

First Minister, Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness joined Agriculture Minister, Michelle O'Neill to announce the £12 million contract.

Work will start immediately on the pre-construction design phase of the project, which will sustain some 155 full time construction jobs, with building work expected to start in July.

First Minister, Arlene Foster said: "Relocating Government department headquarters away from Belfast demonstrates the Executive's commitment to rural communities in Northern Ireland. The construction of the new headquarters offers businesses, in both Ballykelly and the wider area, huge economic opportunities. Hundreds of civil servants will work and shop in the village which, in turn, will help create many more additional service and supply jobs as well as secure existing employment."

The deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, added: "This project has been a catalyst for regeneration stimulating much needed job opportunities as well instilling the local community and businesses with renewed energy. The Executive is not just building a new headquarters, it is building confidence into the local economy and the local community with a significant jobs boost. I look forward to more positive developments at Ballykelly which will benefit all the people of the North West."

(MH)

Related Northern Ireland Recruitment News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

30 May 2012
Bruton Announces 100 New Jobs
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton today, announced the creation of 100 new jobs in 4 new IDA client companies in the emerging business sector in addition to the establishment of headquarter operations by 2 other new emerging companies.
10 December 2012
IT Firm Creates 100 New Jobs
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, today announced that Mandiant, a specialist provider of IT security solutions is to establish an engineering and security operations centre in Dublin with the creation of 100 new jobs.
24 September 2015
Jobs Boost In Ballincollig Welcomed
"The recent Ballincollig jobs boost is a welcome sign of the economic recovery in County Cork," said Fine Gael Cork North West TD, Áine Collins. She said: "I recently attended Asystec Data Management Solutions who recently opened their fantastic new Suite & Innovation Lab in Ballincollig and announced 50 new jobs.
19 April 2013
Marin Plans To Create 35 New Jobs
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD today announced that Marin Software Incorporated (Marin), provider of a leading advertising management platform for search, display, social and mobile, is establishing its international headquarters in Dublin and plans to create 35 new jobs over the next three years.
29 January 2013
167 New Jobs Announced For Dublin And Cork
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, today, announced the creation of 167 new jobs for Dublin and Cork from 6 companies, from both the US and Europe, currently undergoing high-levels of growth. The investments are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.