Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD today (Friday) announced that four companies are establishing new operations in Cork and Dublin with the creation of a total of 83 new jobs.
The companies were introduced to Ireland through ConnectIreland, the company responsible for delivering the Government’s Succeed in Ireland initiative, as part of the Action Plan for Jobs, in association with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and IDA Ireland.
The announcement was made today at the third Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle, which is organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to foster economic growth and job-creation. Connect Ireland was an initiative of the 2011 Global Irish Economic Forum.
The four companies are:
Sound & Sea Technologies Inc. (SST) privately owned Lynwood, Washington based company which provides a range of ocean and marine engineering services for the analysis, engineering development, fabrication and installation of undersea systems. It provides site investigation services from biologic assessments to environmental impact studies; it designs and installs ocean systems on the surface, mid-water or below the seafloor. Applications include port and coastal security, fiber optic and power cable systems, pipelines and terminals, offshore solar, wave and tidal projects.
In setting up its European base, SST will establish two operations, Sound & Sea Europe (20 jobs) and Marine Micropile Technology (35 Jobs). Both businesses will be co-located in Ringaskiddy, Cork on the Irish Marine and Energy Resources Cluster (IMERC) campus. Sound & Sea Europe will provide engineering services in Ocean Engineering, Ocean Renewables, and Critical Infrastructure Protection. Marine Micropile Technology, will be headquartered in Ireland, with responsibility for all R&D and business development of micropile anchoring systems.
Meanwhile, Improv Asylum, who established their Boston Theatre in May 1998, has confirmed that it will establish their European Corporate Training entity, IA Innovation in Dublin. Some 12 jobs are expected to be created over the next three years in the business. IA Innovation currently serves the North American and European market from the US.
The European operation will provide Corporate and Employee Training programmes utilising a trade-marked brand, methods and approach to European multinationals and the subsidiaries of US multinationals in Europe.
Up to 10 jobs are to be created in Dublin by Strategic Marketing Innovations, Inc (SMI) over the next year as it expands its US operation to Ireland. SMI, headquartered in Washington D.C., is a privately owned company specialising in technology consulting and government relations.
The Bayne Law Group is an American legal consultancy formed in Princeton, New Jersey. The Group, through its affiliate, Bayne International Limited, will create 6 new jobs in Cork. Bayne International is a business and research consulting firm which will provide back-office, off-shore support to The Bayne Law Group’s operations in the United States.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “”I am delighted to welcome these 83 new jobs in Cork and Dublin. I am particularly pleased that they have come through the ‘Succeed in Ireland’ initiative in the Action Plan for Jobs. This has brought a really new approach to foreign direct investment as it helps attract different types of companies that might have escaped the attention of Irish agencies. The creation of jobs is the Government’s top priority and we will be absolutely relentless in seeking and supporting any initiatives that can make that happen and help get our people back to work. I wish ConnectIreland and the ‘Succeed in Ireland’ project continued success in building on the 3,000 jobs a month being created in the private sector.”
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said: “I am delighted to announce these jobs at the Global Irish Economic Forum, where the Connect Ireland story began in 2011. Along with The Gathering and President Clinton’s ‘Invest in Ireland’ Forum, it is one of the many successful initiatives to emerge from the Forum. Today 260 leading Irish and Irish–connected figures from across the globe are gathered for the 2013 Global Economic Forum, which is very much focused on opportunities for job creation. I am very confident that, working together with our diaspora, we can increase exports, create jobs and build on Ireland’s recovery.”
Minister Richard Bruton said: “When we established the Succeed in Ireland scheme last year under the Action Plan for Jobs, the aim was to get in contact with companies that would not otherwise come in contact with Ireland and encourage them to locate investments and jobs in Ireland that would otherwise go elsewhere. Today’s announcement is further evidence of the success of this scheme, and will bring much-needed employment to communities in Dublin and Cork. I commend Connect Ireland on their continued work, and wish the four companies every success with their operations in Ireland”.
Barry O’Leary, CEO at IDA Ireland said: “The four investments announced at today’s Global Irish Economic Forum have been made possible through the ‘Succeed in Ireland’ initiative. The Succeed in Ireland initiative is a very tangible way for the global Diaspora to support job creation in Ireland”.