Public Consultation on Sandymount / Merrion to Blackrock Corridor Study timeline extended

The National Transport Authority has recently extended the deadline for people to have their say on the proposed Sandymount/Merrion to Blackrock (and later potentially extended to Sandycove) travel corridor has been extended until 31 January 2017 at 5pm.

Full information on the proposals can be found on the link below:

Consultation on Sandymount / Merrion to Blackrock Corridor Study

This will impact everyone, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, public transport users, residents, businesses etc. so I would encourage you to read the proposal and make a submission if you would like to. Public consultation gives everyone a chance to have their voice heard.

Minister publishes Hallmarking (Amendment) Bill 2016 and advises consumers to only purchase precious metals that are properly hallmarked

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Consumers encouraged to check Hallmark on precious metals

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today (14th December 2016) published the Hallmarking (Amendment) Bill 2016.

This Bill will update the Hallmarking Act 1981 by adding palladium and mixed precious metals to the list of precious metals that can be hallmarked by the Irish Assay Office, as well as providing for the possibility of off-shore marking by the Irish Assay Office in the future (if it so wishes) and increasing the penalties for offences under the Act.

Commenting on the publication, the Minister stated “Hallmarking of precious metals is the oldest consumer protection legislation in Ireland and dates back almost 400 years. It guarantees the consumers that the object they intend buying is, in fact, the precious metal it claims to be.”

Continuing, the Minister stated that “Expenditure on precious metals by consumers, especially in the run up to Christmas, is often one of the more significant outlays that they undertake during their lives. It is important that they are not misled into buying objects that are not what they claim to be. Consumers should demand to see the hallmark on any precious metal object they wish to buy and report any businesses that do not provide the information required under law.”

Minister Mitchell O’Connor Opens New SIRO Headquarters & Welcomes 60 New Jobs

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD (@mitchelloconnor) officially opened SIRO’s new offices in Carrickmines, Co. Dublin today and welcomed the creation of 60 new jobs by the company over the past 12 months. SIRO (@SIROIreland) will now employ 120 people as it ramps up the construction of Ireland’s first 100% fibre-optic broadband network to 500,000 premises in 50 towns nationwide. The company also announced that it will invest €150 million in its network rollout in 2017, which will support 400 subcontractors working on the project around Ireland.

With over 40,000 premises passed to date in 17 regional towns, SIRO is Ireland’s largest Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) operator. FTTB is the gold standard for broadband connectivity internationally and SIRO will pass 55,000 premises by the end of the year. The wholesale broadband operator’s rollout will expand to over 30 towns during the course of 2017, as demand for services powered by SIRO grows.

Commenting at the office opening, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “Broadband connectivity is of vital importance to the Irish economy in terms of job creation and enabling Irish companies to compete online. I have seen the potential of the Gigabit society already when I opened the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, which is powered by SIRO, this summer. It is an exemplar project which is already sowing the seeds for a vibrant digital economy in West Cork and transforming the broadband experience in the town. I am aware that other towns are hoping to replicate its success as part of SIRO’s rollout, which is a real boost for regional Ireland.”

Sean Atkinson, SIRO CEO, added: “We are delighted to move into our new home after doubling our headcount to 120 and outgrowing our old premises. It is our ambition to become Ireland’s new national telecoms infrastructure and I am excited by the calibre and enthusiasm of colleagues who have joined us to help build our unique 100% optical Fibre-to-the-Building network – the only solution capable of future-proofing Ireland’s broadband needs now and for the decades ahead.”

SIRO has formed partnerships with BT, Carnsore Broadband, Digiweb, Vodafone and WestNet with more retailers expected to come on board in 2017 as the company drives competition in the wholesale broadband market. The network interconnect agreement between SIRO and BT is of particular importance as it lays the foundation for SIRO to enable multiple retail partners, such as rural fixed and wireless broadband providers, to access its 100% fibre-optic broadband network.

Using the existing ESB network, SIRO is delivered by fibre optic cables all the way to the building. This technology, known as Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB), has no copper connections at any point to slow down the network and delivers 1 Gigabit download and upload speeds.

MDO Management Company to establish a branch in Dublin

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced that MDO Management Company S.A., a privately held company based in Luxembourg, is to establish a branch in Dublin. MDO Management Company Ireland plans to create 30 roles in risk management, compliance, business development and administration over the next few years.

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

MDO Management Company currently acts as a management company for over 50 funds (UCITS and AIFs) with assets under management exceeding EUR 22 billion. Incorporated in 2003, MDO delivers quality solutions for management company services, directorships, oversight, risk management and compliance monitoring and is one of the largest independent management companies and substance providers in Luxembourg.

Welcoming the announcement Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor said “the company’s decision to invest in Ireland and locate in Dublin and creating 30 high quality roles represents a further enhancement of Ireland’s thriving Financial Services Sector. I look forward to the success of MDO’s operations here and I am confident that they will get the specialist skills required and that Dublin will represent an exciting new base for the company”

Martin Vogel, CEO of MDO Management Company said, “We are delighted to announce that we are opening a branch of our award winning Management Company in Ireland, to provide a comprehensive range of services to existing and new clients.”

Commenting on the announcement Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said “Over the last 20 years, Ireland has earned a reputation as a leading jurisdiction for regulated investment funds. MDO Management Company is a welcome addition to the growing cluster within IDA’s Financial Services portfolio of companies active in managing and servicing alternative funds.”

MDO Management Company, Ireland will be headed up by Richard Dinn, formerly Investor Services Sales Head for Northern and Eastern Europe at Citi. Richard, who has spent the majority of his career at Citi in London and Dublin with EMEA wide remits, brings over 20 years of experience to MDO Management Company, Ireland.

Martin Vogel added, “We are very pleased to have Richard heading up our operation in Ireland. Richard has great enthusiasm and a proven track record, successfully managing and delivering solutions to clients globally. We are looking forward to a bright future for our operations in Ireland and Luxembourg.”

100 New Jobs for Limerick as B&D announces plans for new R&D Centre of Excellence

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, today announced its plans to open a new research and development (R&D) Centre of Excellence in Limerick and bring 100 new jobs to the city.

Attending the announcement in Limerick, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “The Life Sciences sector makes a huge contribution to the Irish economy in terms of jobs and exports, and is one of our fastest growing sectors. BD’s decision to open this new Research and Development Centre of Excellence is a great vote of confidence in Ireland and brings an additional 100 high quality jobs to Limerick. Every job created has a positive impact on a family and wider community. This new project builds on our existing cluster of Life Sciences companies in this region and is very welcome. The Mid West has a very skilled talent pool and this amongst other benefits is attracting some of the big players to the region. I wish BD’s team every success for the future.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, who also attended the announcement, said: “Today’s announcement by BD of 100 jobs makes me very proud of Limerick. The company will now begin the process of giving 100 highly skilled workers the opportunity to improve their own lives through employment and also contribute in a meaningful way to the growth of this world class company. This is the latest in a series of quality jobs announcements in Limerick and is a further endorsement of the people of Limerick, the city itself and the top class educational institutions. I welcome BD to Limerick and wish the company and their people every success as they build and grow their operation here.”

Welcoming the new project, Minister of State Pat Breen TD said “We are very keen to pursue opportunities for Investment and Job Creation in the medical technologies sector. Here in the Mid West we have an exciting cluster of such companies and BD is blazing a trail with this new expansion project. Today’s announcement represents further instalment in a sequence of a terrific run of job creation announcements in this region over recent months. These projects reflect the ongoing success of the Government’s Regional Action Plan for Jobs for the Mid West, which is delivering strongly for this area”.

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland said: “I’m delighted to see BD expand its operations in Limerick, establishing its first Centre of Excellence in Ireland at the National Technology Park. It’s a strong endorsement of Limerick and the Mid West region as an excellent location for global Med Tech companies. The 100 new jobs being created will be a significant boost for the city and region. I wish BD every success with this new project.”
BD has invested significantly in Irish Jobs and the Irish economy since 1964 with two sites in Drogheda and Dun Laoghaire, employing more than 500 people in highly skilled positions. With the recent acquisition of GenCell Biosystems Limited in Limerick, the number of BD employees in Ireland has risen to nearly 600.

The €21 million investment in the new Centre of Excellence includes an extensive renovation of the former UniGolf facility in the National Technology Park. Once completed, it is planned to house more than 200 high-tech positions, which includes more than 100 BD jobs that already exist in Limerick and the 100 new positions.

The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland.

The BD Limerick Centre of Excellence will initially be focused on product and software development, clinical research instrumentation and prototype development, primarily for the company’s Life Sciences businesses.

Ellen Strahlman, MD, MHSc, Executive Vice President R&D and Chief Medical Officer for BD said: “Ireland is an important part of our growth plans, and the Limerick Centre of Excellence is foundational in our objective to build an agile, world-class global organization to deliver an R&D portfolio that drives growth. This will require significant hiring of R&D associates, collaboration with local universities and the development of new technical capabilities.

“Areas served by activities and products arising from our new R&D Centre of Excellence will include the fields of microbiology and molecular biology, clinical and cellular research analysis, and industrial microbiology.

“Customers will include hospitals, laboratories and clinics, reference laboratories, industrial laboratories, physicians’ office practices, alternate site health care, academic and government institutions, and research facilities. Limerick will be very important for our strategic growth.”

200 new jobs for Cherrywood with Enterpryze

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Enterpryze announces 200 jobs funding round to facilitate rapid expansion into global markets

Indigenous Irish company leverages SAP Business One solution for SMEs around the world

Cherrywood based operation is a “model” for ambition for emerging Irish companies – Minister Mitchell O’Connor

Enterpryze, a new affordable and disruptive web and mobile based platform for SMEs, has today announced the creation of 200 jobs in Co. Dublin.
Welcomed by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., the expansion will facilitate the company’s rapid export-led growth over the next three years, following the successful launch of the SAP partnered solution earlier this year.

A sister-company of Milner Browne, which deploys and supports SAP Business One – the world’s most popular ERP solution – Enterpryze will create the 200 posts at its Cherrywood headquarters, with recruitment beginning immediately.

The jobs will be in the areas of sales, customer service, technical support and development as the company expands into new regions, including emerging markets. The company received significant Enterprise Ireland backing through its two-and-a-half-year R&D phase. Enterpryze is designed to significantly streamline business management processes for any type of organisation, from micro-companies to medium scale operations.

Founded by Morgan Browne, a 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, the solution includes several separate management applications for as little as €5 per month. They include Service, Deliver, Expense, Purchase, Sell, Timesheet, 360, Credit Control and Pipeline.

The simple interface, in addition to enabling smaller companies run the SAP solution across mobile and web, also allows SAP users to push their solution further into their business by dramatically reducing associated costs.

Speaking at the event, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “I very much welcome today’s announcement by Enterpryze that they are creating 200 jobs in Cherrywood, Dublin. This is great news from a very young and rapidly expanding company. Enterpryze is a model of the type of company that can emerge from the indigenous sector. Home grown entrepreneurs are the backbone of this economy and, with the support of Enterprise Ireland, can start-up and expand and export while creating sustainable jobs. I want to congratulate Enterprise Ireland for their work with this company, especially through the R&D stage and wish the Enterpryze team every success for their bright future.”

Enterpryze CEO Morgan Browne said: “Enterpryze’s growth is based on an innovative solution that partners with one of the world’s leading business management software tools, SAP’s Business One. Traditionally, this global leading software has been available only for larger scale companies. But Enterpryze distils this disruptive solution for micro businesses for the first time. It enables them to streamline a wide range of management functions across a user-friendly system that saves significant time and cost.

“We have had huge support along the way and none of this would be possible without our own dedicated team and the support and guidance we received from Enterprise Ireland through our R&D stage. Nor would it have been possible without the support and backing of SAP. Given it is one of the world’s most trusted business-to-business brands, this is huge validation of what this solution will do for SMEs.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland said: “Enterprise Ireland has been working with Milner Browne since 2014 and it is a great pleasure to see this highly innovative SaaS company go from strength to strength. Supporting Irish companies with the ambition to scale globally is a key priority for Enterprise Ireland and with the launch of its new Enterpryze software product, the company has the potential to continue to successfully scale its operations in Ireland and beyond. We look forward to working closely with Enterpryze to optimise their full growth potential, creating and sustaining jobs in Ireland.”

Fabrice Sala, Head of SAP Business One for EMEA said: “The combination of the Enterpryze solution and SAP Business One will help businesses from new market segments to run simpler, faster and better.”

Luis Murguia, Global Head of SAP Business One said: “Enterpryze, powered with SAP Business One, will bring the Digital Economy to the small business in a simple and affordable way. It’s a true game changer.”

30 new jobs for Limerick as Acacia establishes EMEA-APAC headquarters

Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA), a leading provider of high-speed coherent optical interconnect products, today announced that it has established headquarters in Limerick, Ireland, for its Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific (EMEA-APAC operations. The company anticipates that its EMEA-APAC headquarters will create thirty new jobs in Limerick. The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland.

Acacia’s corporate headquarters are located in Maynard, Massachusetts, and its workforce is predominantly located in the United States. The Limerick facility will offer geographic diversity making it easier for Acacia to interact with its customers and suppliers in the EMEA-APAC regions. As such, the Limerick facility will primarily support functions such as sales, supply chain, and finance.

“Ireland’s highly-skilled workforce, expansive infrastructure and pro-business environment, specifically in the Limerick area, makes it an ideal location for Acacia’s EMEA-APAC headquarters,” said Colm Cryan, Managing Director of Acacia’s Irish subsidiary. “We are delighted to be here and appreciate the welcome that we have received from the local agencies and companies.”

Welcoming the new investment by Acacia Communications, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said, “This is a great boost for Limerick and the Mid West region and it fits well with my remit to ensure a good spread of jobs across Ireland. These are exactly the kind of high quality technical jobs that we seek to attract and it is a strong vote of confidence for Ireland that Acacia has decided to establish its headquarters for the EMEA-APAC area here. We have a thriving ICT sector here, which we are keen to expand, especially into new niche areas and Acacia’s decision fits perfectly with the Government’s job creation strategy.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said: “IDA is delighted to see this growing and highly innovative company establish its EMEA-APAC headquarters in Limerick. This investment represents a valuable addition to the telecommunications sector in Ireland. It also enhances Limerick’s reputation as an excellent location for high growth technology companies, which increases the potential for future such investment in the region. I wish Acacia every success.”

New Employment Permits Online Application System officially launched today

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today officially launched a new Employment Permits Online System (EPOS).

This project provides a best in class international online platform for employers and employees alike to apply for employment permits. It provides a digital route for both employees and employers to share the application process in a time efficient manner.

The Employment Permit Online System when combined with the Trusted Partner initiative launched by my Department last year, means that the application to decision time can take as little as 5 -7 working days to complete. This timeframe is excellent by international comparison and contributes to Ireland’s reputation and to our aim to be the best small country in which to do business.

The EPOS has been shortlisted for the 2016 Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards representing the Department in the category of “Leading Civil Service Renewal”.

The EPOS is closely aligned with Departmental and Government priorities for the delivery of public services digitally

The new system has been developed by the Department in conjunction with opensky Data Systems Ltd.

Welcoming the new system Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D said: “This latest Department initiative is aimed at improving our customer service delivery and I am delighted that the new Employment Permits Online System is state of the art and provides a transformational online experience for our stakeholders. The EPOS provides an end to end online application system including the option for secure online payment. It offers applicants a shorter application process and improved turnaround times. I want to congratulate the staff in my Department who have worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth system is now in place and on their shortlisting for the 2016 Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards ”.

One of the key measures of success for the project was the level of take-up of the new online service. Within two weeks of making this available to our key stakeholders, we have achieved a 95% take-up rate. The decision to include our internal and external stakeholders in the design and system testing from the outset has been innovative.

In the last three years demand for Employment Permits has risen by one third year-on-year (6,696 in 2013 to c.14,000 in 2016). Catering for this increased demand was not feasible in a scenario where staffing resources were static or reducing and the economy has continued to grow. This new system has laid the foundation to cater for the increasing need for specific skills to enable the economy to continue its growth.

For more on work permits you can visit: https://epos.djei.ie