Irish tech company Cubic Telecom announces 60 new jobs at Dublin office

Dublin-based company will grow workforce from 80 to 140 over the next twelve months;

Jobs boost comes following major international deal with German car manufacturer Audi;

Announcement made by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD and Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor this morning;

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called Cubic “a fantastic example of an Irish start-up that has built something significant for the world” on a recent visit to Dublin.

Irish global connectivity platform provider, Cubic Telecom, today announced the creation of 60 new jobs at its Dublin office, meaning that the company will grow from 80 to 140 people over the next twelve months.  

The jobs announcement was made by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD and Minister Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor TD at a breakfast event at the CHQ Building in Dublin.

In their new partnership Cubic Telecom and Audi are bringing the first connected cars to Ireland and are promoting connected services across Europe through one SIM card specially installed into each Audi model, thereby creating an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot.

The SIM card allows 100Mbps high-speed internet access on the road, letting drivers and passengers avail of online services including Google Street View, traffic and parking information, and a range of infotainment features, including email, calendar and social media integration.

The first generation of Cubic-enabled Audi vehicles launched earlier this summer in Europe and are now available in Ireland.

On a recent visit to Dublin, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella pointed to Cubic Telecom as an innovative Internet of Things company on the global stage, calling it “a fantastic example of an Irish start-up that not only has built something that is significant for Europe, but worldwide”.


Speaking at the event, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, said: “Cubic Telecom is a brilliant example of an Irish company excelling on the world stage, and its partnership with a global brand like Audi is further testament to this. This announcement is yet more evidence that the Irish economy remains productive and innovative and our indigenous tech sector is growing from strength to strength.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell-O’Connor TD, said: “Today’s jobs announcement by Cubic Telecom is very welcome. Cubic is a prominent and important Irish owned software company that is leading in its sector. Cubic Telecom’s expansion is a testament to the growing skilled Irish workforce. Ireland is fast becoming an international leader in business and a world-class innovator in some of the technology sector’s most exciting and disruptive new fields. The government with Enterprise Ireland will continue to support Cubic Telecom as it grows and develops global partnerships, cementing its position as leading the way in the area of in-vehicle connectivity. I wish Cubic and their team the very best for their bright future.”

Barry Napier, CEO of Cubic Telecom, said: “Cubic is enabling in-car connectivity on an international scale through partnerships with tier one mobile operators. Our expanding company will help us innovate further in the Internet of Things space, and create industry-leading products and services. The future is ripe with potential and we look forward to taking Cubic technology global.”

Henning Dohrn, Managing Director of Audi Ireland, said: “Tech is powering the next revolution in motoring and our partnership with Cubic Telecom is one of its key instigators. Cubic Telecom distils Audi’s connectivity down to a single SIM card, providing Audi drivers hassle-free access to useful online services, making their drives more convenient and efficient.”

Recruitment has already begun for roles across software development, network engineering and commercial departments. The company expects to have all 60 roles filled by December 2017.


About Cubic Telecom

Cubic Telecom is a global connectivity platform company that offers flexible mobility solutions that power connectivity for leading Internet of things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) and mobile device companies across the globe. The company enables users to offer not just products, but post-sale services – building a lasting and ongoing relationship with end-users. Providing connectivity in over 100 countries; the most robust network, device and retail partnerships worldwide; and flexible over-the-air (OTA) device management; Cubic Telecom enables global scalability with local connectivity anytime, anywhere.

Based in Dublin Ireland, Cubic Telecom’s partners and customers include some of the world’s leading Fortune 100 tablet and notebook manufacturers, retailers, M2M and automotive companies. The company launched its connected platform in 2012 and is privately held with over $37.1 million in funding by Audi, Qualcomm and Sierra Wireless, among others. For more information, visit 


The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. It is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in twelve countries. In the second half of 2016, the production of the Audi Q5 will start in San José Chiapa (Mexico). 100-percent subsidiaries of AUDI AG include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy).

In 2015, the Audi Group delivered to customers approximately 1.8 million automobiles of the Audi brand, 3,245 sports cars of the Lamborghini brand and about 54,800 motorcycles of the Ducati brand. In the 2015 financial year, AUDI AG achieved total revenue of €58.4 billion and an operating profit of €4.8 billion. At present, approximately 85,000 people work for the company all over the world, about 60,000 of them in Germany. Audi focuses on new products and sustainable technologies for the future of mobility.


Irish SMEs to Avail of Lower Corporate Tax Through Knowledge Development Box – Minister Mitchell O’Connor


Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, is set to enable Irish SMEs involved in research and development activities, avail of the Knowledge Development Box taxation scheme.

The scheme, which sees profits from Irish inventions resulting from R&D activities in Ireland taxed at 6.25%, is to be made available to SMEs through a certification process overseen by the Patents Office.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor was given Cabinet approval for the publication of a Bill entitled Knowledge Development Box (Certification of Inventions) Bill 2016 to allow small and medium sized companies to avail of the Knowledge Development Box. Under the new scheme, the Patents Office will be the body certifying applications for inventions under the new certification scheme to check that they meet the criteria of being novel, useful and non-obvious.

The Bill, which is hoped, will be passed before the end of the year, will open up the opportunity for companies across a broad spectrum to pay lower taxes on profits from Irish-based research and development activities. This includes companies in incubation units right through to high-potential start-ups in all industry sectors once they are generating income resulting from research and development activities.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, says the scheme should serve to significantly boost Irish innovation and investment in research and development.

“The aim of this is to boost and encourage Irish-based innovation. Developing new innovative products is high risk and can often take time to develop. This scheme will allow a company or a start-up re-invest in their business as they will be able to retain a greater proportion of their earnings. This is something that can specifically drive innovation in the Irish SME sector”.

“Furthermore, I see this scheme as assisting those companies that wish to scale-up. We have many terrific companies developing innovative products but are sometimes bought out before they develop their full potential. This scheme will assist companies achieve scale. Innovation is at the heart of our economic recovery and growth and when this legislation is enacted we will have in place a Knowledge Development Box to suit the needs of all enterprises, large and small,” said Minister Mitchell O’Connor.

Helpful Notes :

Companies with income arising from intellectual property of less than €7,500,000 annually will be able to participate when the Bill entitled legislation Knowledge Development Box (Certification of Inventions) Bill 2016 is effected which will be of direct benefit to companies of a relatively lower scale, with global income of less than €50 million.

Ireland is the first country world-wide to offer an OECD compliant Knowledge Development Box (KDB) offering certainty to global and Irish owned enterprises. The OECD nexus approach sets out the principles and guidelines under which income arising from Intellectual Property assets can qualify for a lower rate of tax under a KDB initiative. Ireland’s KDB rate is 6.25 % (half of the corporation tax rate of 12.5 percent) and is internationally competitive.

What is the Knowledge Development Box?

The KDB is a tax incentive policy tool to encourage innovation by applying a lower rate of corporation tax i.e. 6.25% on profits on intellectual property assets resulting from qualifying research and development carried out in Ireland.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes news of 165 new jobs with Deutsche Bank


Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement by Deutsche Bank that the company has opened a data lab in Dublin that will create 40 new jobs. The company also announced plans to create a further 125 Technology and Operations roles in Dublin supporting its Global Markets and Corporate & Investment Banking divisions.

The data lab, known as The Hive, will be a global centre of excellence for the Bank.
Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, in warmly welcoming this investment, said “this project by Deutsche Bank represents a great vote of confidence in Ireland and its attractions for Financial Services companies. The new data lab builds on the bank’s strong investment and job creation here over recent years and the provision of an additional 165 quality jobs is very welcome indeed. The Government has been making strenuous efforts to ensure that we have the right conditions in place in Ireland to continue job creation across the country. I look forward to a long and fruitful engagement with the company over the coming years and I am confident that this decision will be mutually beneficial for the company and for Ireland”

Commenting on the addition of the Data Lab and expansion planned by the bank for Dublin, Mr Martin Shanahan, Chief Executive of IDA Ireland said: “Deutsche Bank’s choice of Dublin for its new data lab is a great endorsement of the technology talent and expertise here. The addition of another 125 jobs following on from the company’s announcement of 700 jobs just three years ago clearly shows potential investors that Ireland is a compelling location for international financial services where global companies can build large teams in a relatively short space of time due to the quality of the workforce available to them.

“A key part of IDA Ireland’s international financial services strategy is to attract more investment in the FinTech space. Dublin’s track record in international financial services and technology cluster creates a business environment for companies to develop and implement their innovation strategies. IDA is determined to win more investment for Ireland in this area,” concluded Mr Shanahan

Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes new Garda Recruitment Campaign

Garda Siochana

Minister Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed the accelerated Garda recruitment campaign, which was launch today by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald.

“I would encourage people in the constituency, and beyond, to consider applying to join An Garda Siochána. This new recruitment campaign will continue the ongoing accelerated recruitment to fulfil the Government’s commitment to increase the strength of An Garda Síochána to 15,000 members.

“It reflects the Government’s commitment to seamless ongoing recruitment to An Garda Síochána, to ensure that the force has the capacity to provide visible, responsive and effective policing to every community here in Dun Laoghaire and throughout the country.

“Taking account of projected retirements, reaching a strength of 15,000 will require some 3,200 new Garda members to be recruited on a phased basis over the next four years. That is in addition to the 1,200 that will have been recruited by the end of this year, since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014.

“So far 534 recruits have been fully trained as members of An Garda Síochána and are on the ground in communities nationwide. Another 150 recruits are due to graduate later this year.

“It is essential to ensure that An Garda Síochána has the capacity to train larger numbers without reducing the quality of its training programme. It is also essential to provide appropriate supervision and support to newly qualified Gardaí to ensure that victims and the public are well served. I welcome the detailed planning process that the Commissioner and her team have in place to ensure the delivery of increased numbers of Gardaí without any compromise on the quality of those recruited or the training programme.

“I encourage all those who are interested in joining An Garda Síochána to visit the website of the Public Appointments Service and submit their application at

“Fine Gael is committed to supporting communities across Ireland and I am committed to ensuring that the support is felt here in Dun Laoghaire. We are working to ensure that the economic recovery, which is now underway, reaches all parts of the country and the benefits are felt inside every doorstep and in every community.”

• The existing recruitment campaign (launched last November) is ongoing and successful candidates will continue to be called from that campaign this year and into next year. It is expected that successful candidates from the new campaign will enter the Garda College from mid-2017.
• Applications must be made through The closing date for applications is Thursday 29 September 2016.
• Successful candidates are required to undergo a two year training programme leading to a BA in Applied Policing. The two year programme comprises a 32 week block of tuition at the Garda College in Templemore with a further 72 weeks of on the job experiential learning.

Lift-off for European Space Agency Space Solutions Centre Ireland


ESA partners with Ireland to boost the use of space technology for down-to-earth applications

 CORK, Ireland, 7 September– Irish start-ups that use space technology in both terrestrial and space exploration contexts are being invited to apply to the new ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland for funding and support.

Speaking at the launch of the centre, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said “I am delighted to launch the ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland. The centre will give Irish entrepreneurs and start-ups a unique opportunity to access the funding, expertise and networks they need to grow their businesses and create jobs. We are proud of the fact that four of the country’s leading science and technology institutions are at the forefront of such an innovative and exciting initiative. With the support of the European Space Agency, Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland can look forward to the rapid expansion of the Irish space sector in the coming years.”

The centre, is led by Tyndall National Institute in Cork in partnership with Athlone Institute of Technology, Maynooth University, and Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster. Funded by the European Space Agency and Enterprise Ireland, it aims to support the application of technologies developed for space to solve challenges on Earth and beyond. The centre is one of fourteen ESA BICs (ESA Business Incubation Centre) in Europe, which work to inspire entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies.

The centre has two strands, providing enticing opportunities for both new and established companies. Each of the 25 start-ups that successfully apply will receive €50,000 in seed funding, along with expert technical assistance and opportunities to access other funding mechanisms. The centre will also offer ten rounds of €40,000 funding to support technology transfer for established companies that want to develop demonstrators for new products and services using space technology. Companies can work from any of the four host institutions.

“Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan T.D. said Ireland’s ESA BIC will have a significant impact on job creation and the Irish business landscape. The number of companies in the space sector in Ireland is expected to expand from 50 to over 80 by 2020, generating annual revenues that are predicted to grow from €76 million in 2015 to over €150 million by 2020.

David Gibbons, Manager of ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland, emphasises that companies do not necessarily have to develop products for use in space. “SubTeraNDT, an Irish company that has already been through an ESA BIC programme in the United Kingdom, uses sub-terahertz frequencies originally developed for space applications to detect corrosion and defects under layers of paint, insulation, and coatings. This has particular applications in the oil and gas industries. ENBIO, is an example of a company that has benefited hugely from ESA in the development of space and non-space related products. It has used coating materials originally developed for use in artificial hip joints to create ‘sunscreen for satellites’ to protect them from solar radiation. This has since led to other terrestrial uses, including non-stick moulds for tyre-making and ways to cool electronics.

“This is an open call for companies and entrepreneurs to start talking to us, even if they are not sure whether they fit,” says Gibbons. “So much technology that we use every day originally came from space programs. People get hung up on the idea of technology that will be used on satellites or space-craft , but this is about applying space technology more broadly to create good products, good companies and more jobs. Think enterprise, rather than the Starship Enterprise.”

“Companies that successfully apply for the incubation programme will remain in the Centre for two years, and after that would be expected to gain High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) status,” explains Gibbons. “As well as the seed funding of €50,000 the companies will also gain access to a range of ESA space programmes and other funding mechanisms, and be able to take advantage of the brand value of ESA. Being part of the ESA family opens the door to a host of commercial opportunities and ESA resources such as the use of satellite data.”

Julie Sinnamon, Enterprise Ireland CEO, stated that Enterprise Ireland is delighted to be partner with the European Space Agency in supporting the development of high potential start up companies in this emerging sector, through the ESA Space Solutions Centre.   Enterprise Ireland will bring its resources to the partnership to assist start- up companies in the development of new products for the global space market, supporting export sales and job creation, with a strong focus on regional entrepreneurship.

The centre will be officially launched on 7 September in Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork. Two related workshops will follow on 8 September, in the Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster, and on 9 September, Maynooth University. Interested companies are invited to apply as soon as possible, and more information about the application process is available from


Expansion of Early Childhood Care and Education Programme is good news for families



Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and TD for Dun Laoghaire constituency, has said that the announcement by Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, of an expansion to the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme, (ECCE), will be of huge benefit to working parents across the Dun Laoghaire constituency.

“Thanks to a major expansion of the free preschool scheme known as the ECCE, thousands of extra children across the country are going to be able to access free preschool places.

“All children reaching three years of age are now entitled to a free preschool place, meaning that 85,000 children are now eligible for the scheme nationwide. Previously children were entitled to one free year. Eligible children will now be able access the expanded ECCE Programme across two (and in some cases three) school years. In previous years, eligible children were only permitted to access the ECCE Programme from the September of that preschool year, two further eligibility entry points have been added, in January and April, to facilitate additional access.

“This expansion of the free preschool scheme will be of huge benefit to working parents in Dun Laoghaire. It is estimated that for each place on the scheme, a family can save between €2,500 – €4,000 in childcare costs.

“This Government is determined to use the fruits of our recent economic success to assist families who struggled through the years of the recession. Childcare is a big issue for many families and savings of up to €4,000 will help to ease the financial burden significantly.

“As well as the financial benefits, international studies show that children who take part in schemes such as the ECCE, have better outcomes later in life, particularly those children experiencing disadvantage.

“Aside from access to childcare, Minister Zappone has also highlighted the need to support the childcare sector to provide a quality service. In that context I welcome that the first meeting of the National Early Childcare Forum will take place at the end of September.”



Over €33,000 in Funding For Rathmichael Woods Walking Trail


Rathmichael Woods

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed the announcement of over €33,000 in funding to support rural recreation in Rathmichael.

“Today my Fine Gael colleague Minister of State for Regional Economic Development Michael Ring announced the provision of funding totalling €4.455 million for rural recreation projects as part of the Government’s programme to support rural development. The funding will facilitate the development of new recreational facilities and the maintenance of existing recreational infrastructure across 75 projects throughout Ireland”.

“Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is the only Dublin local authority to have secured funding under the scheme. €33,666.94 has been awarded to finance enhancements to the Rathmichael Wood Walking Trail. While people automatically connect Dun Laoghaire with marine tourism, walking and hiking tours are growing in popularity and attracting new visitors to the area. Enhancements to the walking trail will help improve the visitor experience, making Rathmichael Wood an even more attractive destination.”

“The importance and popularity of recreational pursuits in the Irish countryside continues to grow and develop and there is great potential to benefit tourism in Dun Laoghaire. Figures from Fáilte Ireland reveal that in 2014, close to 1.2 million visitors to Ireland took part in hiking or cross country walking and spent in the region of €915 million in the Irish economy during their stay”.

“Investment in recreational facilities has a proven effect in boosting local economies and assisting in the creation and retention of employment in the hospitality, tourism and services sectors. Today’s announcement comes just weeks after the Government launched a new €10 million Town and Village Renewal Scheme as part of its programme for rural development.

“We are working to ensure that the economic recovery, which is now underway, reaches all parts of the country and the benefits are felt inside every doorstep and in every community.”

Peter Barry RIP

Peter Barry





It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of former Tánaiste, Minister and Deputy Leader of Fine Gael, Peter Barry, who passed away in Cork this morning.

My thoughts at this time are with Peter’s family who have lost such a dear loved one. To his children Deirdre, Tony, Donagh, Peter Junior, Fiona and Conor, his brother Tony, and to all their families I send my deepest condolences and sincere sympathies. May he rest in peace, reunited with his late wife Margaret.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Two million people now in employment in the State

Red dress 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 for the first time since Quarter 4 2008 there are now two million people employed in the State.  All regions of the country saw a fall in unemployment in the past year. Since 2012 when the first Action Plan for Jobs was launched 176,000 more people are at work.

The figures from the CSO also show that there is strong and continued employment growth in all regions of the country.

Employment has grown in 12 out of 14 economic sectors with largest increases recorded in construction, manufacturing and accommodation and food service activities.

Speaking today, Minister Mary Mitchell O’ Connor said:

“These figures today from the Central Statistics Office are very encouraging and continue to show that the numbers of people employed in full time jobs is increasing steadily and I am particularly pleased to see that all regions of the country are seeing employment growth.  Having two million people now at work will also give a boost to the State as only a strong economy supporting people at work can pay for the services needed to create a fair society.  

My role as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is to ensure that this positive job growth continues and I am determined that we continue to put in place the right conditions for employment to grow across all counties in Ireland.”

Search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor has launched the latest search to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE). With a €2 million investment fund available, the enterprise initiative from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country, supports young entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and direct financial investments.

Young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 are now being encouraged to apply, before the closing date of Friday, October 14th 2016.

Announcing the start of this year’s programme, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. said:

“The quest to find Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur is one of the most exciting initiatives to create new businesses and new jobs in recent years. IBYE generates that “can-do” spirit in which young people excel.  I want to foster that spirit and to demonstrate that there is help out there for any young person that wants to take a risk and start their own business. The first-stop-shop to get advice and support on starting a business is your Local Enterprise Office.  I want to congratulate the Local Enterprise Offices on rolling out IBYE and I look forward to meeting Ireland’s young entrepreneurs up and down the country.   I would encourage all young entrepreneurs, between the ages of 18 and 35 to talk to their Local Enterprise Office about the IBYE programme and discuss their business ideas.”

The initiative is co-ordinated by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices and begins with a nationwide competition across three categories at county level: Best Idea, Best Start-Up Business and Best Established Business. A total of around 450 applicants, across every Local Authority area, will be invited to regional ‘Entrepreneur Bootcamps’ in November, to help them develop their business and new venture ideas.

With an available IBYE investment fund of €50,000 each, every Local Enterprise Office will award six investments to three category winners and three runners-up at county level. The local winners in the Best Start-Up and Best Established Business categories at county level will receive investments of up to €15,000 each and the two runners-up will each receive up to €5,000. The Best Business Idea winner at county level will receive an investment of up to €7,000 and the runner-up will receive up to €3,000 of investment. These winners at county level will progress to Regional Finals early next year and the national IBYE finals will be held in March 2017.

Sheelagh Daly of the Local Enterprise Offices explains: “The substantial investments available under IBYE are a very important part of the programme and will help more young entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and create more jobs. Other business supports, such as management training, networking and one-to-one mentoring are also at the heart of IBYE. Last year, 450 young entrepreneurs benefitted from these business supports, so the rewards are there for participants, as well as for the winners. Taking part in IBYE will help Ireland’s young entrepreneurs to move their businesses to the next level, whatever stage their business is at.”

IBYE is now in its third year and last year’s winners were James Foody of Ayda in South Cork (Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur for 2015 and Best Start-Up Business), Blaine Doyle of GlowDX in Kilkenny (Best Business Idea) and James Wood of Rathwood in Wicklow (Best Established Business). The inaugural winner of the competition in 2014 was Eamon Keane of Xpreso Software in South Dublin.

To enter, young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 inclusive are being asked to visit the IBYE website at, to submit their entry online. The closing date for entries is Friday, October 14th 2016 and there is no entry fee. Further information and details are also available from the 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide.


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Local Enterprise Office

Phone: (01) 204 7083

First Floor, 1 Harbour Square
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 9:00 – 5:00
Friday: 9:00 – 4:30

Lunch 1.00-2.00