22/06/2016

Up To 1,000 Jobs Expected Within Irish Space Sector

Up to 1,000 'high value' technology jobs are expected to be created within the Irish Space industry over the next four years, Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor has announced.

The Minister welcomed the recently appointed Director General of the European Space Agency Jan Woerner and praised the rapid expansion of the Irish space sector, future plans for the European Space Sector and the role which Ireland will play.

Welcoming Mr. Woerner to the Department, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor, said: "I am delighted to welcome Mr. Woerner to Ireland today. The European Space Agency plays a critical role in developing the Irish space industry particularly SME and High Potential Start-Up sectors. This is an exciting time for the Irish space industry and with the support of my Department and Enterprise Ireland the Irish space sector is set to expand at an unprecedented rate over the next few years."

The Minister continued "Our investment in ESA will manifest itself through new companies entering the space sector, scaling of existing companies and the development of a strong cohort of high technology start-ups, leading to increased sales, exports and jobs. Investment in ESA space programmes, given the pace of expansion of the Global and European space economies, will put high-tech Irish companies and researchers in a position to exploit this potential to the maximum. " 

(MH)

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