Up to 289 new job created by Enterprise Ireland in Mayo last year

Posted in Connect on January 9, 2019.

Some 289 new jobs were created in Mayo last year during a record year for Enterprise Ireland, Mayo Fine Gael general election candidate Alan Dillon has stated.

Dillon said the 7% increase is excellent news for the local economy, with 14, 547 people now employed across the west.

He said: “These record results are a great achievement and a testament to the resilience of Irish companies in the context of Brexit as well as our local economy here in Mayo

“They are particularly welcome in the context of similarly strong results from IDA-supported companies in 2018.

“The government is committed to rural Ireland with almost two thirds of the new jobs created outside of Dublin and all regions recorded increases in employment.

“Almost two thirds of total employment by Enterprise Ireland backed companies is now outside of Dublin and almost 10,000 jobs were created nationally last year.

“These record results are a great achievement and a testament to the resilience of Irish companies in the context of Brexit.”

Lifesciences (+8%), Construction (+8%), Electronics (+7%), Primary Meats (+5%) and Food (+3%) were the key performing sectors.

Enterprise Ireland is working intensively on a one-to-one basis with its exporting clients on Brexit contingency plans. In 2018, the agency approved funding of €74m for 535 of its most Brexit-exposed clients.

As part of the agency’s Brexit response, the organization is announcing a major drive to support Irish exporter diversification including a significant expansion to its overseas offices network in 14 priority markets over the next 18 months to help companies expand beyond the UK.

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, said: “Some 215,207 people are now employed in companies supported by Enterprise Ireland, growing at 4.4% in 2018. This is the highest total employment in the 20-year history of the agency.

“As we reach full employment, our focus must shift from getting people back to work to creating sustainable jobs that can deal with new challenges and embrace new technologies.”

Connaught Telegraph 9th January 2019

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