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Irish wind energy industry expected to create numerous jobs by 2020

wind-energy-fieldA recently published survey of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), released at the autumn conference in Killarney, showed enormous growth opportunities in the wind energy industry in Ireland in the future. A total of 150 Irish energy companies participated in the survey, which resulted in the outcome that, by the end of the decade, 1100 new jobs could be created in this sector. This would increase the number of jobs in the wind energy sector to a total of 5500 jobs. The past three years have already shown the success of this energy sector, as 300 jobs were created on average per year.

The majority of people in this sector, about 3100, are employed at the headquarters of the energy companies. Another 1000 work in operational and engineering roles on wind farms and 300 people work in regional support offices in the whole country.

According to IWEA, another 2.5 billion Euro will be invested into the industry, in addition to the 4 billion Euro, which have already been invested.

Currently over two million households on the island of Ireland source their power from wind energy. The history of Irish wind energy dates back to 1992 when Ireland’s first commercial wind farm was established in Bellacorrick, county Mayo. Today the Republic of Ireland has 207 wind farms; the whole island has 241.

The expansion of jobs in the wind industry leads back to the plan of increasing the Irish wind capacity, by 1600 Megawatts (MV), by 2020. At the moment the Irish wind energy capacity is 3119 MV. With the capacity of currently 461MV, Cork can be seen as the “wind capital” of Ireland, followed by Kerry (315MW), Donegal (298MW), Tipperary (268MW) and Limerick (182MW).

As a clean, environmentally friendly energy source, wind energy gains more and more importance. IWEA Chairman Peter Harte declared: “Clean energy such as wind will also play a key role in reducing Ireland’s huge dependency on fossil fuel energy imports and in continuing to attract lucrative data centre developments to Ireland, along with their own significant employment opportunities”

He continued by describing it not only as “Ireland’s most competitive energy source”, but furthermore praised the economic benefits in terms of “employment, commercial rates and contributions to local communities.”

Despite the good news, the problem of skills shortage concerns more than a quarter of the companies, which is the reason why some companies also employ people from foreign countries.


written by Isabel Riedel

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Lack of venture capital and Skills shortage could cost thousands of software jobs

Ireland’s vibrant and growing software industry risks losing thousands of new jobs to other countries because of the shortage of suitable skills here.

That is according to a study carried out by the Lero Software Engineering Research Centre and Kemmy Business Schools at the University of Limerick.

It also found that access to venture capital is another major impediment to the growth of software companies here.

It aimed to analyse key competitiveness trends in the software industry here.

Its interim report describes a vibrant, fast growing Irish software industry with tremendous potential, though with big differences between indigenous and foreign firms.

80% of software companies in Ireland are Irish, with a quarter of those less than three years old, and more than half having five or fewer software engineering staff.

On the other hand, a quarter of foreign software firms have been here over 15 years, but only one in ten has five or fewer staff involved in engineering.

However, when it comes to challenges, experiences are similar.

Skills are in short supply, with as many as half of all vacancies filled by inward migration.

While access to second stage venture capital is also in short supply.

The authors warn that despite the growth potential, unless the challenges are met, there is a risk thousands of new jobs at Irish based software firms will be created outside the country.

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Pharmaceutical firm creating 50 jobs in Dublin

BioMarin Manufacturing Ireland, a subsidiary of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., is to add the positions at its Dublin Global Commercial Operations Hub.

The expansion follows the announcement earlier this week that the European Commission had approved VIMIZIM, an enzyme replacement drug made by BioMarin.

The jobs will be in accounting, finance, customer service and marketing.

The Dublin operation has responsibility for international supply chain, logistics and high-level commercial decision making, including price, distribution and third party contracts for the launch of VIMIZIM.

BioMarin also has a biopharma manufacturing facility in Shanbally in Cork, which is expected to grow to 140 employees by 2015.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said the announcement was a further boost for the sector and for the city.

BioMarin Vice-President James Lennertz described Ireland as an ideal business environment and said Dublin was an essential part of the company’s strategy.

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Jobs boost for North West as Letterkenny IT announces 60 research posts

More than 60 high-end science and technology research jobs, as well as 55 construction jobs, will be created at the new 20,000 sq-foot Science Park building at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), representing a €4.5m investment.

Plans for the new facility in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, include the provision 13 new business units and significant research space.

The target is the facility will support more than 60 high-end jobs. There are also hopes for the development of three cross-border clusters (involving Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland) and that the facility will help secure one additional FDI project into the north-west of Ireland each year.

The initiative, in tandem with a similar facility in Derry City, is a cross-border project, co-funded by the EU’s Regional Development Fund through the Interreg IVA Programme, by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and by the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel.

The new facility will enhance the development of science, research and innovation in the north-west region.

The new building will serve as an extension to the existing and successful CoLab facility at LYIT, which houses 28 companies employing more than 100 graduate-level employees. CoLab provides a supportive environment to enable these companies to grow and benefit from co-operation with the academic community and students on the LYIT campus. In this way, CoLab contributes to the development of an innovation ecosystem within the north-west, leading to the rejuvenation of the regional economy.

Planning permission for the new facility was granted within the last few weeks and the preliminary site works have just begun. The main contract for the construction of the new building is expected to be signed later this month, work will then begin immediately, with completion due by mid-2015.

“The border region was particularly badly hit by the employment collapse from 2008-2010, with more than 30,000 jobs lost. In Donegal, particularly, more than 10,000 extra people joined the live register,” said Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

“In the past three years, we have started to see some progress, with 2,000 people leaving the live register and 500 additional people employed in IDA companies in the county. Across the border region an extra 14,000 jobs have been created in the past year.

“However, we must do more, and that is why in the 2014 Action Plan we are putting in place measures like establishing Local Enterprise Offices in every county, advance IDA facilities in places like Letterkenny, and a competition to find the best young entrepreneur in every county.

“Today’s announcement that, with support from my department and the EU, a state-of-the-art new 20,000 sq-foot Science Park will be built at LYIT is a great lift. I am convinced that this will prove a huge boost for research and innovation in the border region and ultimately help turn good ideas into good jobs,” Bruton added.

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