Jobs boosts for Dublin and Limerick

Thursday 05 January 2012 15.54
Cook Medical plans big Limerick research investment
Cook Medical plans big Limerick research investment

Cloud computing company Workday has announced plans to expand its presence in Europe and the Middle East by creating 100 jobs over the next three years in Dublin.

The expansion of the company is backed by IDA Ireland.

Workday, headquartered in the US, currently employs over 950 people worldwide. It provides enterprise solutions for global human resources and financial managament

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, said one of the key aspects of the Government's plan to get jobs and growth into the economy again is by targeting sectors where Ireland has the potential to be a world leader.

''Cloud computing is one such sector. Over the past year we have seen several very significant announcements in this sector and the Tovernment is working hard to ensure that the right policies are in place to ensure that we can take full advantage of that potential,'' he added.

IDA Ireland's chief executive Barry O'Leary said that the country's growing reputation as a leading location for cloud computing is enhanced by today's announcement.

Meanwhile, US-based translation company CETRA is establishing its European Service Centre in Limerick in an investment backed by IDA Ireland. CETRA plans to create 20 jobs in Limerick as a result.

The company will initially set up in the Limerick Institute of Technology Acceleration Centre. CETRA offers translation, localisation and interpretation services to the market research, legal, and life science industries using a global network of professional linguists.

Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Minister Richard Bruton welcomed the news. "This is a high-growth international company which has chosen to locate in Ireland with the creation of jobs due to the graduate output of one of our universities," he said.

The Minister also said today that Cook Medical, the largest privately owned medical device company in the world, is to invest up to €16.5m over four years creating highly skilled positions in R&D activities at its Limerick site.

Established in Limerick in 1996, Cook Medical's operations here has grown from eight employees to over 630.

''The complexity of the project is a key endorsement of the calibre of personnel working in the Limerick site and further solidifies the company in Ireland. Cook is a significant employer in the Mid-West region and is an important player within the Medical device cluster in Ireland," said IDA Ireland's Barry O'Leary.