Category Archives: Dun Laoghaire

EVO Payments International to add 50 new jobs in Dun Laoghaire as part of €9.1 million investment

EVO Payments International, a leading card payment service provider operating throughout North America and Europe, has announced the creation of 50 new jobs and the opening of a new Irish headquarters as part of a €9.1 million investment in the Irish market.
The new full-time positions, spanning sales and marketing, customer support and administration, will be based in the company’s new head office in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

EVO has begun recruiting for the new positions and expects to fill all roles this year. With extensive operations in North America and Europe, EVO employs over 2,000 professionals today.

The announcement was made by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor at an event in the company’s new headquarters today.

Operating under the BOI Payment Acceptance (BOIPA) brand name in Ireland, EVO established a presence here in 2014 and works in partnership with Bank of Ireland in providing innovative card point of sale and online payment solutions for Irish SME and corporate businesses.
The company has played a central role in the accelerated growth of card and contactless payment adoption in the Irish market.

In just two years, the company has grown from five to 70 people. The addition of 50 new people will bring the Irish workforce to 120 people in 2017.

Announcing the new jobs and additional investment in the company’s new offices in Dun Laoghaire, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor warmly welcomed the expansion, saying:

‘This is a great success story with a further 50 jobs being announced today. The alliance between EVO Payments International and Bank of Ireland brings together a world leading international payments technology company and a major Irish financial institution, and the result is a great win for Ireland. I am confident the company will get the required skills from our talented workforce, and I look forward to the business going from strength to strength in the future.’

Debit card spend in Ireland last year was over €30 billion, a 20 per cent increase year-on-year. Total card spend in Ireland is over €40 billion with an additional €13 billion spent online.

Speaking at the announcement today, Mr Brian Cleary, Managing Director of BOI Payment Acceptance Ireland and UK said:
‘We’re delighted to announce our additional investment and expansion in Ireland today. We’ve experienced rapid growth here over the past two years, driven mostly by the increasing use of card payments by Irish consumers, the adoption of new card payment technologies by Irish businesses to meet that demand, and a growing Irish economy. Equally, our strategic partnership with Bank of Ireland means we continue to deliver for more Irish businesses and consumers.

‘With over six million debit and credit cards in the market, debit card spend on the increase year-on-year and with over 35,000 Irish businesses offering contactless payment facilities, this number continues to grow. Our additional investment reinforces our commitment to rapidly expanding our presence in both the Irish and UK markets and will ensure we are well positioned to meet the demand for new and innovative payment solutions among consumers and businesses in Ireland,’ he said.

The project has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA.

Congratulating the company on its expansion, Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said: ‘Ireland is well positioned as a ‘payments’ hub within Europe and today’s expansion by EVO Payments International further strengthens this. There are huge opportunities for growth in this area as consumers continue to embrace technology in their daily lives. IDA Ireland is focussed on winning more business in this area in the coming months.’

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

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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.

Congratulations to the Tidy Towns awards winners in the constituency


I was delighted to see the hard work of Tidy Towns committees in the constituency rewarded at the highest level this week.

In the overall competition, Dalkey won a gold medal, Shankill a silver and Cabinteely a bronze. In the county by county competition Dalkey were highly commended, beaten only by the national overall winners Skerries, and Shankill were commended. The Dalkey (Goat) Castle project won a heritage award.

Congratulations to everyone who has played their part in these successes and also to tidy towns volunteers in Foxrock and Dun Laoghaire who have worked so hard for their areas.

Full results of the tidy towns competition can be found on

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.”



Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces €45,000 funding for micro-enterprises in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

Minister-Mitchell-O-ConnorMinister Mitchell O’Connor announces €45,000 funding for micro-enterprises in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

A reallocation of funding ensures Local Enterprise Office Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown is receiving €45,000 for LEO clients


Minister Mitchell O’Connor today welcomed the announcement that Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown will be receiving a further allocation of €45,000 in capital funding to assist micro enterprises in creating local jobs. The funding is part of a further allocation of €1.85m in Capital funding for 15 LEO offices throughout the country. These funds are being made available to meet identified demand for financial assistance for projects that can be initiated this year.


The funding will be available for use by LEO Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown to provide direct Capital grant assistance to micro-enterprises within the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown area. These supports are aimed at assisting enterprises to start-up or expand their business. It is expected that the funding will assist micro-enterprises to create or sustain jobs across the Dun Laoghaire area. Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown LEO supports almost 229 clients which last year created 164 new full and part-time jobs.


Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the announcement stating that: “I am pleased to be able to further support enterprise development in Dun Laoghaire, through my Department. The LEO Dun Laoghaire has identified a pipeline of demand for financial assistance from people who want to start a business or grow an existing one. This €45,000 in funding has the potential to support additional jobs within the area. It’s another example of how well the Local Enterprise Office in Dun Laoghaire has been working to promote entrepreneurial activity at local level around the area. I would encourage all interested businesses contact the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown LEO office”.



Minister welcomes announcement of approval for Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre redevelopment

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has today welcomed the news that a €10 million redevelopment of the landmark Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre has been granted planning permission.

The redevelopment, due for completion mid-2017, will see the creation of two large anchor stores fronting on to George’s Street and Marine Road.

Speaking on the issue, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said “Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre is a major landmark in the centre of the town and I am delighted to hear that plans to redevelop it have been given the green light.

This is great news for Dún Laoghaire and the surrounding areas. Not only will the new stores create jobs, but they will also help to put Dún Laoghaire on the map as a shopping destination. We cannot underestimate the boost to the local economy that the increased footfall will bring. “

Important Reminder on the Visa Waiver Program/ESTA and Travel to the United States

The U.S. Embassy in Ireland wishes to remind all Irish passport holders who are able to travel to the United States via the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that as of 01 April 2016, they must have a valid electronic passport.

This rule applies even to those who possess a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that all travelers check to ensure their passports are valid electronic passports before they make arrangements to travel to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program.

You can check if your passport is valid for travel under the VWP by carefully reading the following page: 

Any traveler who does not have a valid electronic passport is still eligible to travel to the United States with a valid nonimmigrant visa issued by a U.S. embassy or consulate. Such travelers will be required to appear for an interview and obtain a visa in their passports at a U.S. embassy or consulate before traveling to the United States.

If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent and urgent in nature, you may request an expedited visa appointment. 

Round 2 of the 2016 DLR Grant Scheme is now open

The purpose of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to individuals, groups and organisations engaged in projects, events or developments at local or county level. The emphasis of the scheme is on providing a diverse range of funding for projects from Events and Heritage to Community, Arts and Business.

The Council endeavours to encourage the development of as broad a range of local community activities and services as possible. This ensures that the limited financial resources available are used to the maximum benefit of the community at large.

Anyone interested in applying for funding under the 2016 Scheme can download the relevant applications below. Please ensure you read the 2016 DLR Grant Scheme Guidelines to ensure you qualify for the grant you are applying for.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Tuesday the 3rd May 2016.


2016 dlr Grant Scheme Guidelines – Round 2 (pdf -281kb)

2016 dlr Grant Scheme Guidelines – Round 2


2016 Application – Art Access Grants

2016 Application – Art Access Grants (pdf -4,085kb)

2016 Application – Business Area Promotion Grants

2016 Application – Business Area Promotion Grants (pdf -7,553kb)

2016 Application – Community Grants

2016 Application – Community Grants (pdf -7,607kb)

2016 Application – Event Grant (pdf -7,607kb)

2016 Application – Event Grant

2016 Application – Winter Festival and Event Grant

2016 Application – Winter Festival and Event Grant (pdf -7,606kb)

Contact Details

Phone:       +353 1 204 7024


Address:    Grant Scheme Section
Municipal Services Dept
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Level 3, County Hall
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

2016 dlr Grant Scheme -Grants Awarded under round 1

For details of the grants awarded under round 1, please click on the link below

2016 dlr Grant Scheme – Applications Awarded (pdf -1,491kb)

Docklands Innovation Awards 2016

I was delighted to be the Guest of Honour at the Docklands Innovation Awards last night in PWC.

Congratulations to Graham Byrne from Your Smiles Direct on winning Best Investment Proposal 2016 and a prize of €10,000.

All finalists were recent graduates of the Dublin Institute of Technology/IADT New Frontiers Programme and are innovative, hard working examples of entrepreneurs in Ireland.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Tidy Districts Competition 2016

The Tidy District’s competition gives Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council an opportunity to recognise the efforts made by Residents Associations and Tidy Towns groups to enhance their local environment and to reward them for the hard work carried out during the year.

The competition has evolved from the original focus on litter reduction and tidiness to now reflect the growth in environmental action & pride of place amongst local communities. Dean Eaton, Environmental Awareness Officer commented, ‘The dedication of our community groups is the driving force behind the enhancement of our local environment and the fostering of a sense of pride within our communities. I wish all participants the very best in their efforts.’

Applications forms will be posted & emailed to Resident Associations and Tidy Towns groups in the area and will also be made available from the Environment Department at the Council offices in Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum.

For further information, please contact the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Infrastructure & Climate Change Department on (01) 2054817 or email