Voxpro Announces 400 New Jobs; Expansion into Dublin with New Signature Docklands Office to Support Tech Partners

Voxpro, Ireland’s largest international provider of customer experience, technical support and sales operations solutions, is delighted to announce the creation of 400 new jobs, alongside the launch of a new, state of the art Dublin office located in the Silicon Docks.

This announcement will see Voxpro’s total number of jobs in Ireland grow to over 2,000 and 3,000 globally over the next 12-18 months, highlighting the rapid growth and expansion of the company which has grown fivefold over the last 3 years. The new office based in Dublin’s Point Village has been built to compete with the standards, capacity and design of Voxpro’s partners’ offices, many of which are located nearby in the Dublin Docklands area.

“After an exceptional year of growth for Voxpro, we are very pleased to open this new, state of the art base in Dublin. We work closely with some of the best known tech companies in the world to deliver exceptional and beautiful customer experiences. This new location facilitates our active expansion, while continuing to exceed the world-class standards demanded of us”, noted Voxpro CEO and co-founder, Dan Kiely.

“This rapid growth for Voxpro, which is due to expansion of existing partners and our growing number of new partners in the FinTech and IoT areas, is testament to the quality of service and talent displayed by our wonderful employees, both here in Ireland and in our other international offices – it’s our people and our culture that provides the point of difference in the experiences we provide.”

We continue to be inspired by the disruptive innovators that we work with, who are changing the world and going after the parts of the internet yet to be built. As our partners scale and evolve, we engineer the world’s best customer experiences, optimising their ability to compete, grow and conquer.”

Speaking about the launch and new jobs announced today, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, Simon Coveney TD, has this to say, “I’m delighted to be part of this announcement of 400 jobs by Voxpro today in their new office. Companies like Voxpro are pioneering leaders in their industry and their dedication to growing their presence here in Ireland is fantastic to see. I want to wish them the very best of luck with their new office and future plans”.

 Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, said “Today’s Voxpro announcement that it is further expanding in Ireland is very welcome. Voxpro is an example for every entrepreneur and ambitious company in Ireland that it is possible to build a scalable company that can compete internationally by diversifying into new markets. The Government through Enterprise Ireland looks forward to continued engagement with Voxpro to support their business development. I congratulate Voxpro, its leadership team and staff on their achievements and wish them every success for the future.

 Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland said: “I warmly congratulate Voxpro on their latest expansion. Enterprise Ireland has worked closely with the company over the years, helping the company to develop their innovation agenda and supporting them to scale internationally. It is a great pleasure to watch Voxpro, a company with global ambition, continue to secure and grow partnerships with international blue-chip companies, resulting in job creation here in Ireland. Enterprise Ireland will continue to work with the company as they continue to scale in international markets.”

Voxpro also recently announced the strategic appointment of two new senior executive team members. Brian Hannon as Chief Commercial Officer and Christina Kenny as Chief People Officer. Also joining as an Advisor to the company is Soundwave CEO and lead on bots and AI at Spotify, Brendan O’Driscoll.


100 new jobs for Mulhuddart as West Pharma announces completion of 60,000sq foot expansion

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST), a global leader in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today announced the completion of a 60,000 square foot expansion at its contract manufacturing facility near Mulhuddart, County Dublin. The expansion is in response to customer demand for medical device manufacturing—especially in the area of diabetes—and represents West’s most recent investment in Ireland, where the Company is also building a new pharmaceutical component manufacturing facility.

West also announced that its contract manufacturing business—formerly known as The Tech Group—will now align with the West brand and do business as “West.” This transition reflects the significance of contract manufacturing in West’s long-term strategy as a leader in integrated packaging and delivery for injectable medicines. The additional capacity in Dublin will make it possible to better service the Company’s growing healthcare and medical device contract manufacturing business, which is focused on supplying high-quality molding and assembly solutions for the production of medical devices such as auto-injectors and continuous glucose monitoring systems. West anticipates 100 new jobs will be added to the business over the next five years as a result of the expansion.

“As the healthcare market becomes increasingly complex, West is advancing our core competencies in the development, manufacturing and final packaging of complex drug delivery systems and diagnostic devices for our customers,” said Karen Flynn, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, West. “We are excited about the growth and expansion we are experiencing in both our contract manufacturing business in Dublin as well as our proprietary products business in Waterford, both of which will support increasing demand from our global customer base.”

Along with the expansion of its Dublin facility, West is also growing its proprietary product business in Waterford, Ireland. The Company previously announced the construction of a centre of excellence for its proprietary elastomeric sheeting and injectable component product lines. The new plant is expected to begin full commercial operations in 2018.

“We are very pleased with West’s commitment to furthering operations in Ireland,” said Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation. “With this most recent expansion in Dublin and the company’s previously announced investment in Waterford, West is affirming its presence as an important employer in Ireland. I am delighted with this new investment, which strongly aligns with the Government’s ongoing strategy to attract investment in high-quality, high-value, medical device manufacturing to Ireland. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with West.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said, “IDA’s life science sector continues to grow from strength-to-strength and this investment by West is a good example of the potential for convergence across the life sciences sector. Ireland has seen hundreds of millions invested in recent years in the development and manufacturing of new injectable drugs for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease and cancer. The patients who will benefit from these exciting new drugs will also benefit from West’s innovation in drug delivery devices. IDA welcomes this investment and looks forward to continuing to work with West and their partner biotech companies in further developing the Irish cluster.”

Applications for Patronage of new primary school for Dun Laoghaire now open

Monday 3pm

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has today welcomed the news that applications for patronage of a new primary school to be established in Dún Laoghaire in September 2017 are now open.

“My colleague The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of this new primary school.

“As a former teacher, education is always on my radar and this new primary school is a vital addition to the area. Parental preference and demand plays a big part in deciding patronage so I urge parents to get involved and have the chance to influence the patronage of this school.

“Dún Laoghaire is growing and thriving thanks to the hard work of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber, Dún Laoghaire BID, Digital Dún Laoghaire and other local driving forces. This is bringing new people into the area. It is important that the changing demographic is reflected in the patronage of this new school.


The school will be established in line with the requirements and criteria for the patronage of new schools. These requirements and criteria are published on the Department of Education’s website.

Parental preferences from parents of children living in the area, along with the extent of diversity in the area, will be key factors in deciding on the patronage of the school. As part of the process, parents have an opportunity to express their preference for their preferred patron body and also to express their preference for their child to be educated through the medium of Irish or of English.

20 new jobs announced for Blackrock with IdentiGEN

IdentiGEN to expand Dublin Laboratory and HQ

 20 high quality new jobs have today been announced at Dublin based genetics company IdentiGEN by the Minister for Jobs.

The jobs are graduate and postgraduate posts for data scientists and biotechnologists to work on DNA testing of meat and seafood products at the company’s headquarters in Dublin.

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

IdentiGEN provides traceability of meat and seafood products to the agri-food industry through DNA identification technologies. The service provides food retailers, processors and producers with the capability to identify and trace the source of animal protein through the entire supply chain.

The new jobs will all be based in Ireland and expand the HQ for its network of offices and laboratories in seven countries across Europe and North America.

Speaking at the launch event Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “IdentiGEN is a great story whereby cutting edge Irish scientific research has been successfully commercialised across the world. IdentiGEN is now a leading provider of DNA traceability in the global food industry where its services help to protect brands and build trust.

“The government with Enterprise Ireland will continue to support IdentiGEN as it expands globally, cementing its position as leading the way in the area of traceability. I wish Ciarán, Ronan and their team every success for the future.”

IdentiGEN Co-founder and Managing Director Ciarán Meghen thanked the Minister for her support and also Enterprise Ireland for backing IdentiGEN into the future.

“From business start-up in Trinity College in 1996 to micro-multinational in 2016, it’s been an amazing journey. We see a future in which DNA, genetic, or genomic analysis becomes increasingly pervasive and democratised. As new technologies now offer the prospect of near instantaneous analysis, applications in pathogen detection and antibiotic resistance may become highly relevant to animal agriculture.”

Enterprise Ireland Head of Division, Industrial, Lifesciences and Consumer Dr. Tom Kelly said: “We are delighted to support IdentiGEN, a company with global ambition as the first to introduce industrialised DNA profiling to the North American beef industry where it continues to expand internationally.

“Enterprise Ireland’s support will enable IdentiGEN to expand its laboratory capacity in Ireland and continue to evolve cutting edge technologies to anticipate and meet the future needs of the industry.”

IdentiGEN has recently expanded into new laboratory facilities in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. It has operations in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and the Czech Republic.

We can achieve a top 5 ranking for global competitiveness

Speech to Dublin Chamber, Friday 25th November


Distinguished Guests.

Friends and Colleagues.

Members of Dublin Chamber.

First let me tell you how honoured I am to address you this morning.

During these first six months in my job as Minister it has truly been a privilege getting to know the many heroes of Irish business. Businesses in both the public and private sector that drive our economy.

None more so than in the Chambers of Commerce across Ireland.
And of course here in Dublin.
You are the voice of Dublin business.
You provide a fantastic local and international business network.
And you inspire business learning and leadership.

I know that future challenges exist in a politically uncertain world.
This is no time for resting on our laurels or complacency – we made those mistakes before.

There are uncertain times ahead, but there are also exciting times ahead.
I believe we need to develop unity of purpose between the public and private sectors in Ireland.

As Minister, I want
– to improve our business environment,
– to help our companies scale-up,
– and most of all to achieve full employment
….so that everyone who aspires to a quality job can achieve it.

A job is only the start though.

I want to Dublin to be one of the
– most exciting,
– most entrepreneurial
– globally focussed cities in Europe
offering a lifestyle and quality of life unparalleled in Europe.

I believe that maintaining economic stability coupled with ambitious growth targets will help us on our way.

I want to acknowledge two recent milestones that have been achieved during my term.

The credit for these goes to the Irish people and business community who have driven this growth.

For the first time since 2008, over two million people are back working in Ireland.

Employment has grown by 56,500 in the last 12 months.

190,000 additional people are at work since the start of the Action Plan for Jobs Process in 2012.

And the unemployment rate is now at 7.9%.

Similarly, the live register has dropped below 300,000 for the first time over the same period.

In Dublin, employment levels are only 3% off what they were during their highest point. Unemployment was 13.4% and is now 7.5%. This is a good time to be doing business in Dublin as the economy continues to go from strength to strength.

It is clear based on a range of economic indicators, including arrivals at Dublin Airport, Dublin Port throughput, public passenger journeys, office vacancy rates, office rents and residential rents, that in many areas economic activity in Dublin is back at or close to peak levels.

I have spent my first six months assessing the business environment for threats and looking for opportunities to build on all of this progress.

My vision of our economy is one where the best and brightest Irish minds can – make and provide – world-class products and services – and sell them to the rest of the world at a profit.

I want us to strive to be
– the smartest,
– most productive
– and most innovative
….economy possible – to be global leaders in innovation.

To do this, we have to put people and skills at the heart of our economic strategy.

I want multi-nationals to come here because they know in Ireland they have access to one of the most talented and flexible workforces on the planet.

Equally though, I want Irish entrepreneurs to have the self-confidence to know that they are supported in finding and developing innovations and in finding and serving new markets.

I want Irish entrepreneurs to know that basing yourself here, you have the supports needed to take on global challenges.

Irish people are very creative; our next phase of growth will be about commercialising our creativity.

Our creativity as a business community is what will give us a competitive edge.

That is why, by the end of next year, I want both our main enterprise agencies, Enterprise Ireland and the IDA, to each bring their total job numbers to over 200,000.

This is very achievable in my view.

Despite all of the challenges on the horizon, I still maintain full employment is possible within the lifetime of this Government.

To achieve this we need to focus on two key elements – competiveness and capacity-building.

Winning new business and keeping the business we already have, requires a competitive edge.

This is the best way to build resilience and to insulate your business from any external shocks.

My view of competitiveness is not just confined to controlling costs.
– exchange rates,
– interest rates
– and oil prices
are all costs that we can’t control in this economy.

That is why our competitiveness strategy has to be about people and addressing the factors within our control.
– People and skills,
– human capital,
– creativity and innovation
…are essential to making sure we are always a step ahead of the rest.

We need to be at the forefront of global innovation and education.

By 2020, it is my ambition to bring Ireland into a top five ranking position when it comes to competitiveness.

So improving the skillset of the labour force is the best way to achieve this.

To that end, we must continue to focus on in-company training and development and workplace innovation.

We recognise that we need to continue to invest in the skills supply pipeline.
By investing in research and teaching in higher and further education.

We have to be ahead of the global curve for the exporting sectors where we hold an advantage.

In Dublin these sectors include
– life-sciences,
– financial services,
– ICT and digital content creation.

We are implementing our Innovation 2020 strategy.

I am currently setting targets with our research community to see significant increases in our post-doctoral and post-graduate researchers.

The world of work is changing rapidly.

Digitalisation is both a fantastic opportunity and a challenge for all businesses.

Digital technologies, combining data analytics, cloud computing and Internet of Things are changing:
– how goods are made
– and manufactured
– and how businesses serve their customers.
These technologies are also increasing the levels of competition in markets for customers.

New business models are emerging such as the sharing economy with the growth of Airbnb and Uber.

Public and private sector collaboration is vital to achieving the transformation needed to compete in the Irish enterprise base.
Investing in research is risky.

The State can help to reduce that risk by encouraging innovation at enterprise level.

I am currently reviewing the key markets and technologies that will be important for us for the future as part of a refresh of Research Prioritisation.

The other key item I’m focussing on for next year is the Action Plan for Jobs for 2017.
‘Towards full employment’ is my key objective.
As I already said, I believe we can achieve during the lifetime of this Government.
The preparatory work is well advanced.

I’ve selected certain themes that will form the key policy focus for my Department in 2017.
– improving productivity,
– quality of work,
– enhancing female entrepreneurship
…will all feature as key themes of the document.
I want our economic and competitive strategy as a country to be based on people and the skillset of the Irish work force.

We are among the most dynamic workforce in the world and with 40% of our population under 30.

We can have a bright future.

Now, when I look at the current economic challenges of our capital city, it is clear that success is bringing its own challenges for Dublin.

We need to manage the expansion of our public and private transport around the city.

We need to accelerate new house supply to avert risks to our competitiveness.

We need to catch-up to address the needs of a growing economy.

I’m working with my Cabinet Colleagues to ensure that the enterprise and competitiveness needs are prioritised.

The most immediate priority is housing.

The Dublin skyline is dotted with cranes and building much needed office and commercial premises.

We’re generating a large number of jobs in Dublin.

And we need to ensure we have sufficient places for the people in those jobs to sleep and live. This has real potential to frustrate the economic recovery.
The Government’s plans in this area are well known as published by Minister Coveney in Rebuilding Ireland.

This plan has the confidence of the construction sector.

There are some really exciting developments underway such as those in the SDZs of Cherrywood and the Dublin Docklands.

I believe the long-term potential is there to reinvent what we consider urban living in Dublin.

From my perspective, as Minister, we need to ensure that we have plan quality urban living around our enterprises and job creation hubs.

Dublin needs to become a smart city that enables easy access for all of our people to:
– live,
– work
– and play.

Only this week, the Phoenix Park tunnel has opened to daily rail passengers for the first time.

We are just twelve to eighteen months away from having our two Luas lines linked.

It’ll be possible to travel from Cherrywood to Maynooth, Heuston station or Howth with limited transport changes.

Added to this are the future plans for Metro North.

I see the potential for Dublin to become much more pedestrian and public transport friendly in the years ahead.

I’ll also briefly mention water.

It’s a huge issue for the Greater Dublin Region in the near future.

All I will say is having a national water company will make solving Dublin’s water capacity issues far easier.

Dublin local authorities can’t be expected to develop a solution in isolation.

Plans are well advanced for finding a new water source for Dublin.

This will secure the economic potential for the next few decades.

I know these areas are outside my own direct policy remit.

But we want to base our economic strategy on people and there is an onus on us as a city, to provide a high quality of life to people.

London, Zurich, Copenhagen, Vienna, Frankfurt, Singapore – these are the cities which we will be competing with for investment.

– housing,
– access to schools,
– public transport,
….these will form an increasing part of the major investment pitch for Dublin and Ireland in the years ahead.

Capacity-building to cope for employment growth is one of our most immediate goals.

We will need this if we are to take advantage of the opportunities that Brexit may offer Dublin.

Now speaking of Brexit, this is a word we will have to get used to using for the next three to four years.

If not longer. Whenever you hear the word ‘Brexit’ you can expect to hear either ‘Uncertainty’ or ‘lack of clarity’.

This uncertainty makes business and economic planning considerably difficult.

While the UK is still to set out what the Brexit will mean for it, we shouldn’t see Brexit as a single event.

Brexit will permanently realign the political and trade relationships between Britain and Europe.

All of us will have to reposition ourselves towards a new ‘normal’.

The sectors that are most exposed to Brexit include our retail, food, construction and tourism sectors.

There are approximately 100,000 Irish jobs directly linked to UK exports.

That accounts for more than a third of our overall exports.

Having recently visited three London Ministers in Whitehall, it is still unclear what type of trade relationship they are looking for with Europe.

They’ve a clear desire for free trade.

They’ve no interest in returning to a world of extensive trade barriers.

I expect, in time, they will seek a bespoke agreement with Europe.

I don’t think they’ll seek to trade on any existing model of trade such as Norway, Switzerland, Canada or Turkey.

Whether this will be accepted across Europe remains to be seen.

However, as a Government Minister, I will not be shy or coy about seeking the most advantageous outcome for Ireland in those negotiations.

We owe that to our people.

Our enterprises have built up resilience over the last eight years.

However, I know that companies will also need assistance managing through the challenges of Brexit.

Having met with the various business organisations, many companies have very different asks.
– some want low-cost finance,
– some want assistance with hedging
– and so on.

There is not one approach, but it will require different solutions in different sectors.

My Department has started a series of focus groups with key stakeholders that will form a wider and deeper quantitative survey.

I want to ensure that whatever response Government provides, it is both targeted and appropriate to company’s needs.

There is little point in me as Minister prescribing a Brexit response.

It has to come from the specific sectors across the economy.

Currently, I am working with Enterprise Ireland, to develop targeted, evidence-based responses that will help companies diversify and find new markets.

We’ll do this by engaging with:
– all stakeholders
– in all sectors
– across all regions.

To cope with Brexit, Irish companies will have to internationalise to a greater extent.

This is why trade agreements like CETA between Europe and Canada are so important.

Despite global events, we cannot underestimate the importance for free trade for job creation in Ireland.

Having just returned from a trade mission to both China and Japan, much of the world’s growth in spending will be in the East.

As a country that produces
– food,
– software,
– biopharma goods,
….we need continued access to world markets.

If the world’s political forces were to halt or stymie free trade, Ireland would suffer more than most.

That is why, we remain firmly
– committed to EU membership,
– committed to free and fair trade
– and committed to global market opportunities.

We’re entering a period of significant challenges, yet I remain ambitious.

Full employment is the major goal of my Department.

I believe with the strength and spirit of the Irish entrepreneurial community, full employment is possible.

Providing economic opportunity for people is the reason I got into politics.

To change people’s lives for the better.

We have shown the ability to take on the world and succeed.

Let’s not stop now.

Let’s continue to be
– positive,
– ambitious
– and determined
…..as we face global challenges.

I am honoured to be in the position that I am in.

I intend to make the most out of it for all.

Go raibh mile maith agaibh go leir.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes the continued increase in employment with numbers at work at highest level since 2008

Minister Mitchell O'Connor at desk

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (Tuesday) welcomed the latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures from the Central Statistics Office, showing that employment has continued to increase. More than 2 million people are now working in Ireland with 56,500 extra people, a 2.9% increase employed in Ireland in the past year. This puts us on track to surpass the 2016 Action Plan for Jobs target of creating an extra 50,000 jobs this year.

The figures from the CSO today also show that 72% of all jobs created in the past year were created outside Dublin.

Employment has been growing continuously for 16 quarters and over the past year employment has grown in all regions.

The figures also show that the industries sector is the fastest growing sector in the economy while the accommodation and food service sectors and construction sectors remain strong with employment growing in 12 out of 14 economic sectors.

Speaking today, Minister Mary Mitchell O’ Connor said:
“The CSO figures today are very welcome and show that our job growth is recovering. I am particularly encouraged to see figures showing the vast majority of new jobs are being created outside of Dublin as one of my key priorities remains keeping a focus on job growth in all regions around Ireland.

The CSO figures also show that unemployment has decreased by 12.6% during this year bringing the total number of unemployed to 172,500. This is the 16th consecutive quarter for job growth. This must continue, we must rise to the challenge of ensuring that we are protected from international effects. Continuing to develop a sustainable economy remains a key priority and I intend continuing to work towards ensuring the right supports are available to all businesses so that we can maintain the momentum we have recently seen in job growth.”

Department of Health National Lottery Fund Grants

“My colleague, Minister for Health, Simon Harris, today announced €2.7 million in Health National Lottery Grants for community and voluntary organisations across Ireland.

“Over 120 community groups and voluntary organisations have received funding to support their work.

“Three organisations in Dún Laoghaire will benefit from this round of grants:

LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, €32,292.00 to purchase new vehicles.

The Down Syndrome Centre, €11,200.00 to provide SKIP therapy for children.

Arthritis Ireland Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, €2,932.00 to roll out the “Be Active with Arthritis” programme.

“This funding will make a real impact on the services that volunteers and groups can deliver and help them continue to make a difference to the lives of the many people who use these services.

“As the economy continues to recover, Fine Gael is determined to ensure that the benefits of this recovery are felt in every community across Ireland and I am determined to ensure they’re felt across this constituency.

“As a Government Minister and TD for Dún Laoghaire, I am working hard to ensure that the Government delivers. We are using the economic progress to make people’s lives a little better, and funding allocations like this one are very much part of that.”

Minister Mitchell O’Connor officially opens offices of Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and Labour Courts in Lansdowne House



Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today (Monday), officially opened the new offices of the WRC and Labour Court.

Today the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation officially opened the new Headquarters of the Labour Court and the WRC. For the first time, this new office will enable all of the dispute resolution bodies of the state to be located under one roof in Lansdowne House. The five bodies previously responsible for resolving workplace disputes are merged into two, to provide a better service at less cost to the State, employers and employees.

Speaking at the official opening, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D said, “I am delighted to officially open the new offices of the WRC and Labour Court, this now brings all the dispute resolution bodies of the state under one roof. This move to the new Headquarters is a significant step in the reform process taking us closer to the Government’s vision of a world-class workplace relations service as envisaged by Government and enshrined in the Workplace Relations Act 2015. Merging five previous work place relations bodies into two has been the most far-reaching legislative reform in the area of employment and industrial relations in almost 70 years. I want to particularly congratulate the work of the staff in the work place relations commission for their hard work and dedication during this reform

The Minister wished Mr. Kevin Foley, Chairman of the Labour Court and Ms. Oonagh Buckley, Director General of the WRC and their teams every success for the future in this new location.” “I commend wholeheartedly the dedication and commitment of all staff who have given of their energy and time to successfully bring this project to fruition”

Sports Clubs in Dún Laoghaire Constituency urged to prepare for Sports Capital Grants application window

Sports Capital Programme 2017 is to commence no later than January 2017

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and TD for Dun Laoghaire constituency, has welcomed the news that applications for the 2017 round of Sports Capital Grant funding will open in the near future.”

“This week in the Seanad, the Minister of State for Sport Patrick O’Donovan confirmed that the application process for the Sports Capital Programme for 2017 will be open by January at the latest. “

“Clubs and organisations will be given a number of weeks to complete the application process, but they should start preparing for their application now. The only way to apply for grants under the Sports Capital Programme is the OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register) which is accessible at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie All applicant clubs and organisations require a Tax Registration Number (TRN) for their particular club/organisation. It is not permitted to use the TRN of a national governing body or other organisation.”

“Minister O’Donovan will be announcing more comprehensive details of the new round shortly, including the relevant deadline dates. For an application to be successful clubs and organisations must contribute a proportion of the project costs from their own funds, and submit a large amount of supporting documentation and so it takes some time to be prepared. “

“Many clubs and organisations in Dún Laoghaire and surrounding areas benefitted from large grants under the Programme including Blackrock College RFC, Cuala GAA, Dalkey Scuba Divers, Monkstown FC and St. Michael’s Rowing Club. A great many smaller clubs and organisations in the constituency have also benefitted over the years.”

“The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012, after they’d been cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash. I was delighted to hear it confirmed in Budget 2017 that the grants would resume again next year. The sports capital programme represents an excellent value for money investment. It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity is on the rise. Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically.”

“Fine Gael in Government is using our economic progress to invest in communities around the country and ensure that everyone can benefit. Sport is just one important element of this. So far this year, over €22.8 million has been paid out through the excellent Sports Capital Programme to 680 organisations across the country in order to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment.”

Minister for Jobs and IDA Ireland welcome Metlife’s announcement for Galway

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor and IDA Ireland today welcomed the news that and MetLife is expanding its Irish operations with the opening of a new Global Technology Campus in Galway to support its customers and technologists around the world. The new Galway Global Technology Campus will be home to more than 200 new, skilled IT roles.

The campus is expected to open in the first half of 2017, and recruitment will begin immediately.

Welcoming the announcement Minster for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O Connor TD said “Metlife announcing today that it is expanding its Irish operations  with the opening of a new Global Technology Campus  and creating 200 jobs is tremendous news for Galway and the West Region. It is a testament to the region and the skilled staff available, that projects like this, requiring specialist IT expertise, are being located here.  All jobs created have a wider knock on positive impact on the wider region and communities.  One of my priorities as Minister is creating an environment where job growth can thrive, particularly in rural Ireland.  I welcome this announcement which follows on from a momentum of recent job announcements in our regions.  I wish the Metlife team the very best for the future.

Commenting on the announcement Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said “Ireland is uniquely positioned to become a leading global centre for Fintech investment – where global multinationals like MetLife can develop and implement their digital capabilities to their customers worldwide. IDA Ireland has increased its marketing activity to global financial institutions. The scale of this investment in a regional location is a strategic win for IDA Ireland. It demonstrates the confidence a global leader such as MetLife has in Ireland’s skills availability and business infrastructure.

This investment by MetLife is also a clear endorsement of the Government’s IFS2020 strategy to increase investment and job creation in this important sector. IDA Ireland works with a strong portfolio of companies in International Financial Services and we are targeting more investment in this area. I wish all the MetLife team every success with this announcement and to offer the continued support of IDA Ireland.”