Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes 100 new jobs for Limerick with WP Engine



WP Engine, a company that powers amazing digital experiences for websites and applications built on the WordPress platform announced the opening of its new Technical Support & Innovation Centre in Limerick today, which is expected to create 100 jobs over three years.

Welcoming the new initiative, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor said “This is a very exciting project and I am really pleased that we have attracted this cutting edge technology company to a regional location and that it is providing 100 quality jobs for Limerick. This follows on from recent jobs announcements which show that there is a momentum growing for jobs in regions around Ireland. Ireland’s growing expertise in the ICT sector and our commitment to ensuring that we can provide the requisite skills for companies like WP Engine is clear for all to see. I wish WP Engine the very best for their future in Limerick”.

WP Engine is the leader in delivering managed services for premium websites built on WordPress. Today, approximately 5% of the online world visits a website powered by WP Engine every day. Globally, over 350,000 digital brands trust WP Engine with their online reputation across 136 countries and counting. Since the launch of its London office in 2015, WP Engine’s customer base has more than doubled. The opening of the Limerick centre will further support the surging demand for managed WordPress across EMEA.

The company offers award-winning 24/7 support 365 days a year – a key factor in providing the best customer experience possible and building its reputation as the platform upon which the world’s best brands can rely. The expansion in Limerick, the first customer service hub outside the U.S., will allow WP Engine to continue to hire the best customer experience representatives regardless of geography. Further, drawing on the highly skilled technical talent in Ireland’s third largest metropolitan area, the new centre will also expand what is already the industry’s largest R&D organization with a dedicated team based in Limerick, working together with the team in the U.S. to accelerate development of WP Engine’s state-of-the-art managed WordPress platform.

IDA Ireland’s CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This is a terrific investment by this high growth technology company in a key regional location. Its presence here will serve as a compelling reference seller of the location for other technology companies. The benefit of 100 new jobs to the local area and economy will be substantial. I wish WP Engine every success here.”

With customers ranging from individuals and startups to multinational corporations such as AMD, Network Rail, New Relic, Soundcloud, UnderArmour and Warby Parker, WP Engine offers a subscription-based service for WordPress users, providing them with a range of managed services, including security, cloud hosting, developer tools, disaster recovery and internationally award-winning support.

“WP Engine is focused on building the best managed WordPress platform in the world and we’re incredibly proud to be opening our new Technical Support and Innovation Centre in Ireland, “ said Heather Brunner, CEO of WP Engine. “As a company we aim to be present in cities that are successful in terms of job creation and attracting businesses – as represented by our offices in Austin, San Antonio, San Francisco, and more recently London. Limerick, similarly, has a terrific environment and culture where the community, government and business leaders are committed to building local talent and creating a technology innovation and incubation centre. We wanted to help further build and be a part of that ecosystem.”

For more information on the new roles go to:

WP Engine powers amazing digital experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company’s premium managed hosting platform provides the performance, reliability and security required by the biggest brands in the world, while remaining affordable and intuitive for smaller businesses and individuals. Companies of all sizes rely on WP Engine’s award-winning customer service team to quickly solve technical problems, and create a world-class customer experience. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has offices in San Francisco, California, San Antonio, Texas, London, England and Limerick, Ireland.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens Alter Pharma offices and announces 80 new jobs in Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Alter Pharma today officially inaugurated its new 48,000 sq. ft. Headquarters for its worldwide operations in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. The company also announced its plans to add 80 new jobs bringing total employment onsite to 120 by 2018. Alter Pharma CEO Pieter Van Rompay was joined by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and staff from its sister site in Belgium to officiate at the opening ceremony.

Founded in 2010, Alter Pharma has 5 companies based in Ireland including Generic Specialty Pharma (GSP) Ltd, Generic Pharma International Ltd, Steac Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Beta Active PI Pharma Ltd and Novalus Healthcare Ltd.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D said “The pharma industry makes a huge contribution to the Irish economy in terms of jobs and manufacturing exports, and is one of the fastest growing sectors. I welcome Alter Pharma’s continued commitment to Ireland and its decision to base its HQ here is great news for both Balbriggan and Ireland. This is a continued testament to Ireland’s skilled workforce and I’m delighted that this investment will bring a further 80 jobs to Ireland.”

CEO Pieter Van Rompay said “Opening our new €5 million euro facility underlines our commitment to Ireland and will allow for our rapid expansion plans. We look forward to continuing to grow our excellent team here to complement our product portfolio.”

Mr Van Rompay also acknowledged the in-depth assistance provided by the IDA in the initial set up in Ireland and the identification of an appropriate facility to purchase and develop.

Welcoming the announcement Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said “Alter Pharma develops and manufactures generic pharmaceutical drugs in a range of important disease areas such as oncology, cardiology and central nervous system disorders. Ireland continues to attract large scale investment in pharmaceuticals with generic pharmaceuticals contributing significantly to overall employment figures within the sector. This positive news from Alter Pharma serves to further build expertise and strengthen Ireland’s position within this competitive market.”

Alter Pharma is currently recruiting a number of positions, in all areas including, Research and Development, Regulatory, Supply Chain, Warehouse, Quality.

About Alter Pharma
Founded in 2010, Alter Pharma is a fast growing pharmaceutical group, specialised in the development, marketing, sales and supply of pharmaceuticals with a special focus on niche, well-established molecules and products difficult to develop or to manufacture. Alter Pharma strive to become one of the worlds most recognised developers of well-established pharmaceutical products.

Alter Pharma’s Irish subsidiaries, based in Balbriggan with a head count of more than 40 people, are managing Research and Development, Regulatory, Supply as well as Quality for the group on a global level.
Alter Pharma has an entrepreneurial culture, fostering open communication, mutual respect, professionalism and efficient decision making and is proud of its multi-cultural organisation with more than 15 nationalities.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor urges young entrepreneurs to apply for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) award


Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) is an initiative of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland, and is run by the 31 LEOs across the country. Each LEO has an investment fund of up to €50,000 to award to young entrepreneurs across three categories locally – Best Business Idea, Best Start-Up Business and Best Established Business.

Meeting Minister Mitchell O’Connor were four previous IBYE award winners with dynamic businesses from the worlds of technology, food, waste management and retail: James Keogh (Wicklow) from Rathwood Home & Garden World Ltd.; Isolde Johnson (Dublin City) from The Cool Bean Company; Niall Mimnagh (Longford) from Mimergy; and Rhona Togher (Sligo) from Restored Hearing Ltd. They have all won IBYE awards over the last two years to include investment funding, business bootcamp places and one-to-one mentoring sessions. As well as the financial elements of IBYE, they stressed the importance of learning from each other at the IBYE bootcamps, and the invaluable advice and assistance at the one-to-one mentoring sessions.

They were also joined by representatives of Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). Their message to aspiring young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 is to grasp the opportunity and get their applications into by the 14th October deadline

Speaking with the previous winners, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “It is so refreshing to hear the success stories from these inspiring and ambitious young entrepreneurs. I fully support Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur initiative, the aim of which, is to support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people at both national and local levels. I want to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage young people to set up new businesses which will ultimately create and sustain more jobs right across the country. It is great to hear the success stories from the previous winners and witness the spirit and desire to achieve success. I have no doubt that their message will encourage more young people to enter the competition to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur for the third year in a row. This competition offers funding investment and mentoring to young businesses and I would encourage young people with a business or business idea to apply by checking out before 14th October.”

Sheelagh Daly of the Local Enterprise Offices said: “The €50,000 per county investment fund on offer from each of the 31 Local Enterprise Offices is a major part of the competition, with up to six local businesses winning significant investment prizes in every local authority area. In addition, up to 450 young entrepreneurs from around the country will also win places at regional Business Bootcamps, with access to expert guidance and mentoring for their business ideas and new ventures.”

Further information and details about the IBYE competition are available from the 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, through and from the IBYE website at

Profiles of former IBYE County and National Winners

James Keogh, age 30, of Rathwood in Wicklow (Winner of 2015 IBYE Best Established Business National Category)
James took over the running of Rathwood from his parents in 2009. Employing 77 people full-time with 160 part-time and seasonal staff, Rathwood has become a ‘destination’ store, restaurant and activity provider located on the Wicklow/Carlow border. Famous for its themed events, such as the Santa Train, Rathwood welcomes 300,000 visitors every year.

Rhona Togher, age 25, of Restored Hearing in Sligo (2014 IBYE National Finalist and ‘Best Established Business’ winner at the 2014 North West Regional Final.)
Rhona is the CEO of Restored Hearing, a business that has created two products to address the global health issue of noise-damaged hearing. ‘Sound Relief’ is an online sound therapy for those suffering from tinnitus and ‘Sound Bounce’ is a responsive acoustic material, which acts as a hearing protection product.

Niall Mimnagh, age 28, of Mimery in Longford (2015 IBYE National Finalist and ‘Best Start-Up Business’ winner at the 2015 North West Regional Final)
Niall set up Mimergy, a waste management company, in late 2014 with eight years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Its mission is to tackle the global problem of waste tyres and its technology converts old tyres and other rubber products into valuable commodities, such as fuels and chemicals.
Isolde Johnson, age 29, of The Cool Bean Company in Dublin City (2015 IBYE National Finalist and ‘Best Start-Up Business’ winner at the 2015 Dublin Regional Final)

Isolde co-founded The Cool Bean Company, a new consumer food brand, in 2013. The range of healthy bean meal solutions is on sale in supermarkets throughout Ireland and was launched in over 100 stores in the UK in 2015. Isolde’s next venture is Cool Foods, focusing on new healthy and convenient foods for national and international markets.

About IBYE
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is a programme that is open to people between the ages of 18 (at date of application) and 35 (at 31st December 2016) with an innovative business idea, including:

• individuals
• venture teams
• partnerships
• existing businesses with a new idea
• people overseas (including Irish emigrants) who will headquarter in Ireland

Each Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is running a competition in each county (Friday October 14th closing date) aimed at finding winners in each of the three categories as well as an overall county winner. Each LEO will have a total fund of up to €50,000 to invest in six businesses (three category winners and three runners-up) according to criteria including businesses’ investment needs. The three categories are as follows:

• Best Business Idea (pre-trading) – up to €10,000 investment fund through every LEO (€7,000 for category winner and €3,000 for runner-up, through every LEO)

• Best Start-Up Business (up to 36 months), with up to €20,000 investment fund through every LEO (€15,000 for category winner and €5,000 for runner-up, through every LEO)

• Best Established Business (over 36 months) with up to €20,000 investment fund through every LEO (€15,000 for category winner and €5,000 for runner-up, through every LEO)

The county winners will then proceed to eight regional finals from which 24 contenders (three from each region – one in each category) will be selected to compete for the national title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur. A further €100,000 investment fund will be available to invest in the winners of the three categories at the national final, one of which will also be named with the prestigious title of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

40 new jobs for Waterford with The Packaging Hub


The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today (Friday, 23 September), officially opened The Packaging Hub’s new packaging manufacturing facility and healthcare logistics centre in Waterford. As a result of the new facility, The Packaging Hub will create 40 jobs in Waterford by 2018. The expansion has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

Speaking at the official opening, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “As Minister for Jobs, my priority is to ensure an environment for jobs growth is developed across the country and in particular in the regions of Ireland. The Packaging Hub’s expansion and growth, and the jobs associated with it, is a welcome boost for the local economy and community in Waterford City and County and it follows on from recent jobs announcements which shows that there is a momentum growing for jobs in regions around Ireland. The Packaging Hub is a great example of the type of company Enterprise Ireland is working with, and I wish them continued success for the future”.

The Packaging Hub is a creative and innovative packaging, supply chain and logistics solution company. Offering end-to-end solutions which allow clients to concentrate on their core activity, The Packaging Hub delivers in-market packaging solutions which include a full suite of packaging design and manufacture, as well as supply chain and JIT logistics services, a combination which is unique to this growing company.

Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Waterford Crystal, Lily O’Brien’s and Rathborne Candles are among the growing number of global brands working with The Packaging Hub. Their client base also includes general food, drinks, premium spirits and giftware manufacturers.

The introduction of The Packaging Hub’s new healthcare logistics centre in Waterford will facilitate substantial engagement with healthcare companies nationally.

Established in 2010 and incubated under South East BIC, The Packaging Hub has grown from strength to strength over the last six years. With operations across three continents, Directors George Banks, John Hudson and Malcolm Hoyle are committed to growing The Packaging Hub’s manufacturing and logistics facility in Waterford.

Speaking on behalf of the executive team, George Banks said: “This is a very important stage in the development of the business and we appreciate the support of Enterprise Ireland in helping us to reach this level. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our clients for putting their trust in us and the great team at The Packaging Hub for delivering on that trust time after time”.

Speaking on behalf of Enterprise Ireland, Neil Kerrigan, Manager, Print & Packaging said: “A key role of Enterprise Ireland is to drive and support innovation in Irish companies. Innovation is central to The Packaging Hub’s success in competing and winning global customers. Enterprise Ireland has worked closely with The Packaging Hub since its formation in 2010, and we look forward to continuing to support their growth ambitions as they expand their global footprint, sustaining and creating jobs in Waterford”.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announces additional financial resources for IDA Ireland in light of British EU referendum result


The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor T.D., announced today that €500,000 is being made available by her Department to the IDA to support the Agency’s global communications in the wake of the British EU referendum result. The Minister indicated that the resources will be used to help the IDA communicate effectively in key target markets about the continued benefits of investing in Ireland.

Speaking about the post British EU-referendum challenges for Ireland, the Minister said: “We are all aware that the result of the British referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU poses a range of challenges for the Government. Addressing those challenges – particularly those that may affect our economy – will be a key priority of mine in the time ahead. We should be equally determined, however, that we do not overlook whatever opportunities may emerge for Ireland on account of the referendum result. Securing new foreign direct investment (FDI) for the country is one such possibility and IDA Ireland is already working hard with goal in mind.”

The Minister continued: “It is critical that the IDA has the resources it needs to compete effectively for FDI in the wake of the referendum result. Strengthening its communications capacity – all across the globe – will be especially important if the Agency is to convince potential investors as to why Ireland will remain a highly attractive destination for FDI, whether in the short, medium or long-term. We cannot forget either that the global FDI market is increasingly competitive and that the IDA has to fight hard to win new investments for Ireland.”

Commenting on the allocation of the additional resources, the Minister said:
“I am pleased that my Department was able to identify savings that could be allocated to the IDA for its communications overseas. This support will assist the Agency in implementing its important post referendum communications plan. I am confident as well that the sum involves represents real value for money and that the Agency’s work abroad will help lead to future investments that will create more jobs and opportunities for the people of this country.”

Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens Biopharma Engineering Dublin offices announcing 70 new jobs at firm


Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell-O’Connor T.D. officially opened the new Biopharma Engineering offices in Dublin today (Thursday) and announced the firm’s expected creation of 70 new jobs over the next 3 years to support continued growth at the indigenous engineering design firm.

Speaking at the office opening, Minister Mitchell-O’Connor said, ““I welcome the announcement that Biopharma Engineering is opening a new office in Dublin and bringing 70 highly skilled graduate jobs to Dublin and Cork. Biopharma Engineering is a great example of an Irish company that has excelled nationally and internationally in its market. One of my priorities as Minister is creating an environment where job growth can thrive right across the country. I am delighted to officially open these new offices which will serve the North, East and West of Ireland as well as UK and other international markets. I wish Richard and John and their team every success for the future.”

Headquartered in Cork, Biopharma Engineering was founded 10 years ago by John O’ Reilly and Richard Holohan, now employs 80 people and boasts an impressive client portfolio of leading global pharmaceutical and bioscience manufacturing giants.

“Our company has delivered capital projects worth more than €500 million for our clients, and we continue to scale in terms of markets, capabilities and ambition. The new Dublin offices will enable us to serve our clients better and ensure that we continue to deliver the highest quality engineering design solutions that our clients have come to expect from BPE,” said John O’Reilly, Director and Co-Founder, Biopharma Engineering.

BPE has doubled its workforce over the last 18 months, and has invested significantly in software and systems to serve the €100 Million large capital project arena. The company focus is to continue serving existing clients, repeat business with all of the major Pharmaceutical companies operating in Ireland while continuing to expand in the UK and looking to new market opportunities in Europe. Recruitment is currently underway for a number of roles in both Cork and Dublin offices, where the new jobs will be based.

Stephen Hughes, Manager, Construction and Cleantech, Enterprise Ireland added: “The reputation of Ireland as a supplier of high-end engineering services to the world’s pharmaceutical industries has been built over time through high levels of investment and continues to grow. Biopharma Engineering has developed its own reputation through winning many major contracts in Ireland and is now winning business overseas with targeted customers in a number of key markets. Enterprise Ireland looks forward to working with the company as it grows, expanding internationally as a key supplier of high-end engineering services to the Life Science & Pharmaceutical sectors and creating sustainable jobs at home in Ireland”.

33 new jobs for Ireland with shopping search engine, Yroo

jobsYroo, the world’s most powerful search engine for smart shoppers, today (Thursday) announced that it will grow its Irish base with the creation of 33 jobs over the next 3 years.

Yroo is growing its new offices in Dublin, Ireland in order to build out global operations and support customers in more than 35 countries where the company currently transacts across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Employee retention continues to be strong and hiring is at all all time high, with 450 percent growth since the company’s founding less than 2 years ago. Yroo was introduced to Ireland through ConnectIreland, the company responsible for delivering the Government’s ‘Succeed in Ireland’ initiative, as part of the Action Plan for Jobs, in association with IDA Ireland.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, welcomed today’s announcement: “This is another vote of confidence in Ireland and in the skills of the Irish workforce. It is so fitting that a company designed to harness ‘people power’ has decided to invest in Ireland. Ireland has developed extensive expertise in ICT generally and the greater Dublin area is now an ideal location for companies like Yroo who are involved in the competitive and dynamic world of eCommerce.”

The Irish office will be responsible for management and international sales, as well as business development, marketing, software development and customer support.

Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers, also welcomed news of the expansion: “This latest venture by the Toronto-based firm is a testament to the consistent growth in two-way investment and strong commercial relationship enjoyed by Ireland and Canada. Once in effect, the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will encourage even more investment between Ireland and Canada.”

In just over a year, Yroo has been the starting point of over 25 millions shopping trips and have inluenced more than $2 million dollars in purchases due to its offering of a seamless shopping experience which allows customers to shop from over 7,000 merchants and 100 million items all in one place. Yroo has also grown its customer base to more than 10 million users and is currently growing at an average of 15,000 new registered users per day, primarily driven by peer-to-peer recommendations.

“We’ve seen such a rapid adoption in a very short period of time because we’re finally able to give users the tools to easily find exactly what they want – at the right price, from the right merchant – to take the frustration out of online shopping,” said James Cunningham, CEO of Yroo. “We believe that Ireland is the right place for us to be in order to continue to break new ground and grow well into the future.”
Even though other locations were considered, Yroo chose to establish in Ireland because of its location, ease of doing business and access to talent along with the existing infrastructure and knowledge in the technology sector.

Yroo was introduced to ConnectIreland through Dubliner Frank Keane, who came across the company through his work with EisnerAmper Ireland. Frank, who is delighted to have played his part in bringing Yroo to Ireland, has decided to waive his reward.

Joanna Murphy, CEO of ConnectIreland, commented: “A service such as that provided by Yroo is increasingly important for retailers and consumers alike as e-shopping continues to grow. Yroo is in good company in Ireland’s tech scene and we wish them every success in the future. We also thank Frank for making such a valuable connection”.

About Yroo
Yroo is the world’s most powerful search engine for smart shoppers, enabling shoppers to discover, research and buy from the largest collection of products, stores and coupons available anywhere. Yroo offers its users a seamless shopping experience and empowers them to shop more than 100 million items from over 7,000 merchants all in one place. Currently, Yroo is actively transacting in over 35 countries across North and South America, Europe and Asia with its seven market specific catalogues and eight supported languages. To experience Yroo:

About ConnectIreland
ConnectIreland is an innovative way to create new jobs in Ireland by harnessing the power of your connections. The aim is to attract foreign companies that are expanding internationally to Ireland. The Irish Government will financially reward those who, through their introductions, help create new, sustainable jobs in Ireland. The programme, part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, is delivering the Succeed in Ireland Initiative, in partnership with IDA Ireland. To date, 75,000 connectors have signed up and helped introduce thousands of companies to Ireland. www.connectireland.

SoftwareOne announces 100 new jobs for Ireland as part of €16m expansion


SoftwareONE has today announced a major expansion of its Irish operations, creating 100 new jobs in a move that will increase its workforce across Ireland tenfold over the next three years. The expansion is part of a €16m investment plan, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Making today’s announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, said: “Today’s announcement that SoftwareONE is creating 100 new jobs is great news for the country. We are all aware that Cloud Computing is a huge growth area and this company is at the cutting edge of this exciting development. SoftwareONE’s expansion builds on our success in developing a thriving software sector in Ireland over recent years following our investment in developing appropriate skills. All jobs created have a positive knock on effect for the wider community. I wish Mike Gersten and the team every success into the future.”

Established in 1985 and globally headquartered in Switzerland, SoftwareONE has over 30 years’ experience in software licensing with a local presence in over 80 countries. The organisation has over 25,000 clients and 3,000 employees across the globe. SoftwareONE first entered Ireland in 2011, opening an office in Mahon, Co. Cork, and is now expanding its Irish footprint with the opening of a new office in Blanchardstown, where the majority of the new positions will be based.

In a bold move from its well established roots in software licensing, SoftwareONE has developed the PyraCloud Platform – a new innovative cloud platform which provides customers with choice, transparency and control of their digital transformation agendas and moves towards the cloud. PyraCloud analyses existing on-premise software spend, helps extract technical and business transformation drivers, monitors consumption of cloud services and enables businesses to move to the cloud in a controlled and transparent way.

This innovative solution has led SoftwareONE to invite applications for a wide variety of roles including technical positions such as senior scrum masters, full stack developers, front end developers, test engineers and user experience experts as well as professionals in HR, finance, sales and administration.

Mike Gersten, SoftwareONE’s Global Innovations and Platforms Officer, said: “This is a very exciting time in SoftwareONE’s journey. We are a global leader when it comes to software licensing and now we have developed an innovative solution which offers seamless control of cloud solutions and services to our customers.”

Graham Quinn, SoftwareONE’s Global Lead for PyraCloud, remarked: “We’re delighted to be in a position to expand our Irish operations and I would like to thank the team in IDA Ireland for their ongoing support. I am very much looking forward to expanding our talented team and to continuing our global growth strategy.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland, concluded: “Today’s announcement by SoftwareONE once again endorses Ireland’s position as a thriving global tech hub. Businesses that locate here can source excellent talent in a business-friendly English-speaking environment with a track record for investment, which is second to none. I wish SoftwareONE the continued support of IDA Ireland as it grows over the coming years.”

Recruitment for the new positions is now underway. For more information on the roles, please visit Interested candidates should email a CV and cover letter with details of positions of interest to James Covington; or call +44 (0)203 005 02 22 for a confidential discussion.

300 new jobs for Limerick as Fazzi Healthcare Services establishes Irish based company


Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor today announced that US-based Fazzi Healthcare Services has established a new Irish based coding and healthcare services company in Limerick, creating 300 jobs over five years.

The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Medical coding, a regulated process is the transformation of healthcare diagnoses, treatments, procedures, outcomes and services into universal medical alphanumeric codes, known as ICD. It is the international standard used for health information purposes in primary, secondary, tertiary and public health settings. The process is defined by the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and overseen by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Most countries, including Ireland, utilize the ICD process with the majority using the current ICD-10 edition. This latest edition contains codes for diseases, signs and symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or disease.

The new Irish company has already begun providing ICD-10 coding services to the US homecare and hospice sector and is now offering coding, billing and distance learning services to hospitals, doctors, homecare providers, healthcare centers, health insurers and governmental healthcare entities across the globe.

Founded in 1978, parent company Fazzi Associates is headquartered in Northampton, Massachusetts. The company also operates in the areas of consulting, education, benchmarking and research. It operates through two additional sites in India.

Making today’s announcement, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “This is a very significant announcement for Limerick with the creation of 300 new jobs in a new and emerging business activity for the medical sector. I am very keen to pursue opportunities for investment and job creation in new sectors, these are increasingly possible with our infrastructure and talented workforce which enables companies like Fazzi to undertake work for customers in different parts of the world. It is also very heartening that such a large project has been secured for a regional centre which represents the ongoing success of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs initiative, particularly the new Regional Action Plan for the Mid West”.

Speaking today the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD said: “It’s great to see Fazzi Healthcare Services grow their presence in Limerick which is proud to be host to such an innovative company that combines healthcare and software. There will be many more opportunities now to join this company which places great value in its employees. I’m sure that many people from Limerick will become valuable members of the team at Fazzi. This is further evidence that the Regional Action Plan for the Mid West is delivering for the people of Limerick.”

The company’s Founder & Managing Partner Dr. Robert Fazzi said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be here in Limerick. Our Irish employees are clearly smart, dedicated and incredibly talented. We are very thankful to the IDA and the Irish government for welcoming us and helping us to develop our business here. Without question, Ireland has proven to be a country strongly supportive to the creation of innovative and growth oriented companies.”

IDA’s CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This is terrific news for Limerick and for the entire region as the creation of 300 jobs is substantial and will spread the benefit over a wide area. There is a growing number of Healthcare Services located here and Fazzi, as the first company to engage in medical coding services in Ireland, is a positive addition to the Life Sciences profile of the Mid West. I wish Dennis and his team every success.”

For more information/to apply for the new positions go to: or send e-mail to

About the company

Fazzi Associates, parent company of Fazzi Healthcare Services, was founded in 1978. Its headquarters are in Northampton, Massachusetts. It is the largest outsourced ICD coding service provider in the US market. Fazzi’s mission is to make a real difference in healthcare by strengthening the quality, value and impact of home care, hospice and community based services. The company is equally zealous about being a place where people love their job and love where they work. Fazzi operational areas include medical coding services, billing services, consulting, education (including distance learning), benchmarking and research. “Fazzi currently employs over 130 people in the US. It also operates in India through a partnership with two additional locations and 200 staff.”

GE to invest €150 million in a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing campus


Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today announced that GE (NYSE:GE) is to invest €150 million in a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing campus on Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland’s strategic site at Loughbeg, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. GE BioPark Cork, subject to contract and planning approvals, will feature Europe’s first KUBio™, prefabricated, off-the-shelf bio-manufacturing facilities, owned and run by GE customers, and will serve as focal point for further investment in next-generation biopharmaceutical manufacturing in Ireland.

GE BioPark Cork is expected to be home to more than 500 new jobs when fully operational; 400 with biopharma companies and a further 100 employed directly by GE. The construction phase, subject to planning approvals, is expected to begin by mid- 2017 and create up to 800 construction jobs. The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Developing bio-manufacturing skills for 1,500 bio-professionals per year
To further develop biopharma manufacturing skills and expertise in Ireland, GE and the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) also announced today their plan to create a NIBRT-GE Single-use Centre of Excellence at NIBRT’s Dublin facility. NIBRT expects to train up to 1,500 bioprocessing professionals annually on next-generation biologic manufacturing technologies. The same state-of-the-art technologies for biopharma manufacturing will be used in GE BioPark Cork’s manufacturing facilities.

GE BioPark Cork will be a GE-managed campus including four fully-equipped KUBio factories owned by independent biopharma companies manufacturing proprietary medicines, with GE running centralised shared utilities, process development and site services.

Patient demand for innovative medicines is driving rapid global growth of the biopharmaceutical industry, resulting in significant need for more production capacity. GE’s KUBio enables pharmaceutical companies to quickly deploy new biologics manufacturing capacity and bring medicines to market faster. KUBios increase manufacturing flexibility and are between 25 and 50 percent more cost-effective to build than comparable traditional facilities. Carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by 75 percent and water and energy use by approximately 80 percent. Build time can be shortened to 18 months from the usual 3 years.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “The Biopharma industry makes a huge contribution to the Irish economy in terms of jobs and manufacturing exports, and is one of the fastest growing sectors. I am delighted that GE is making a significant investment in Cork. This is a further testament to our talented workforce. All investment and jobs created has a positive knock on effect on the wider region. Over 28,000 people currently work in biopharma and 6,000 of those work in biologics. This subsector is expected to double in the coming years and will provide both a challenge and an opportunity for the industry and training providers to collaborate on promoting the range of career opportunities available. I welcome GE’s commitment to Ireland and wish them every success in the future.”

Kieran Murphy, CEO, GE Healthcare Life Sciences, GE Healthcare said: “Pharma companies world-wide are racing to respond to patient needs with new life-changing biological medicines and GE is investing in technology and service solutions, as well as industry skills and expertise, to enable them to make and get their products to market more quickly. We are delighted to be investing once again in Ireland, where we have ourselves a long history of manufacturing our own medical imaging products.”
Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said: “The choice of Ireland for this strategically important investment by GE is a significant win. The biopharmaceutical manufacturing campus will greatly assist IDA Ireland win additional bio-manufacturing investments by acting as a catalyst to attract new innovator drug companies and to transition and grow existing operations.”

“Ireland has won more than €10bn in the past 10 years in biotech investment, building on a long history in pharmaceutical manufacturing and is now one of the world’s top locations for biopharma, which creates significant secondary employment in construction and other services.”
Dominic Carolan, CEO NIBRT said: “NIBRT is delighted to partner with GE on the next generation of bioprocessing equipment, which will accelerate the introduction of these new technologies to the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry, helping to reduce manufacturing costs and increase the access to these valuable therapies.”

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at

About IDA Ireland

Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency IDA Ireland is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. We partner with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland.


The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) is a global centre of excellence for training and research in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. NIBRT is located in a world class facility in Dublin, Ireland.
NIBRT’s mission is to support the growth and development of all aspects of the biopharmaceutical industry by becoming a global leader in biopharmaceutical manufacturing research, education and training. For further information, please visit