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It’s A Good Day On The Jobs Front – Over 180 New Jobs Announced Across The Country

130 new jobs to be created as three Irish food companies invest almost €9 million in major development programmes

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today (Monday) announced that three Irish food companies will create 134 new jobs over the next three years in investment programmes totalling close to €9m supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through Enterprise Ireland.

The companies are located in Kildare, Monaghan and Westmeath.

  • Green Farm Foods, a leading producer of premium cooked meat products based in Rathowen, Co Westmeath, will create 30 jobs over the next three years as part of a €2.8million investment supported by DJEI through Enterprise Ireland
  • O’Brien Fine Foods, a company based in Timahoe, Co Kildare, and specialising in premium cooked hams, sausages, rashers and puddings, will create 51 new jobs over the next three years as part of a €3million investment backed by DJEI through Enterprise Ireland
  • Swift Fine Foods, located in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, produces premium quality chilled and frozen ready meals for the retail trade and foodservice markets, and is creating  53 jobs  over the next three years as part of a €3million investment supported by DJEI through Enterprise Ireland

Trip Advisor To Establish Largest Engineering Hub Outside the USA In Ireland

Meanwhile, Dublin will see at least 50 high quality web engineering roles created by Trip Advisor.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton TD joined TripAdvisor® today to announce that the world’s largest travel website is to establish a new engineering hub in Dublin. The hub is the largest of its kind to be established outside of the United States by TripAdvisor, and will see at least 50 high quality web engineering roles created in the short term alone.

The company is to locate in the area known as Silicon Docks and recruitment for the new positions will begin immediately. The Dublin hub will be a centre for key engineering roles globally, working closely with TripAdvisor’s world-class team of engineers in the US to deliver new and improved features to TripAdvisor’s platforms – including its core TripAdvisor websites, Vacation Rentals, and TripAdvisor for Business products.

 “We are very pleased to see TripAdvisor establishing its core Engineering operations in Europe here in Dublin. The company will provide excellent career opportunities for highly skilled engineers. TripAdvisor will be joining all of the top 10 ‘born on the internet companies’ in making a decision to locate in Dublin.”

Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland

Lars Holzman has been selected as Engineering Site Manager of the new Dublin hub, and is tasked with overseeing the integration of the new office into TripAdvisor’s global network, including working closely with TripAdvisor’s existing world-class engineering team in the US. Lars most recently managed the team responsible for TripAdvisor’s Metasearch feature, a major site enhancement that allows users to see real-time hotel room prices and availability from a range of booking partners, all on one page.

“As a global and growing company, we need to expand the places where we can find best-in-class talent. Given the robust roles we are looking to recruit, we felt it was important to base our new engineering hub in a location that had a history of supporting technology and innovation, and had a talent pool to recruit from, and in that respect Dublin fits the bill perfectly.”

“Establishing our first European engineering hub in Dublin is a significant milestone for our company and IDA Ireland was extremely helpful to us in making it easy to establish our operations here. This a great time for talented people to join us and share in the opportunities our growth presents for everyone in our company.”

Andy Gelfond, SVP Engineering and Operations, TripAdvisor


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