JOBS JOY FOR NEWBRIDGE

ALL of the 91 new jobs announced by Bord na Móna at their headquarters in Newbridge last Monday will be in skilled research and development.

ALL of the 91 new jobs announced by Bord na Móna at their headquarters in Newbridge last Monday will be in skilled research and development.

Bord na Móna CEO, Gabriel D’Arcy confirmed that the majority of the new jobs will be based in Newbridge.

“Largely they are going to here,” he said speaking to the Leinster Leader. “But there will be some that will be created in other locations.”

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD were on hand to announce that Bord na Móna is to create the 91 new jobs as part of a E6 million R&D investment over the next three years with the support of government through Enterprise Ireland.

The announcement is part of Bord na Móna’s ongoing innovation programme which has already seen recruitment commence for 20 high-tech positions, which are expected to be filled by March 2012.

“This jobs announcement is a welcome boost for Newbridge and the Midlands region but it is also important as it represents significant R&D investment in one of Ireland’s most important firms,” said Minister Rabbitte.

“Bord na Móna is a significant contributor to Ireland’s economy in terms of employment and output and this significant step to secure their future growth and invest in their international strategy is to be strongly welcomed. If you are a Minister in these dark days it’s encouraging to hear where there is wind and rain there is still hope.”

The Mayor of Kildare, Michael ‘Spike’ Nolan described the news as an early Christmas gift for the Kildare town.

“It’s an early Christmas present for Newbridge,” he said.

“Newbridge has taken a heavy burden with the economic downturn of the past few years and while it is not where we used to be, it is still very welcome news for the town and the environs.”

Kildare North TD, Anthony Lawlor said it was “heartwarming to see this announcement made during Christmas week as the news will come as an early Christmas present for many currently seeking work.”

Enterprise Ireland will support the work of the Innovation Division of Bord na Móna in a number of high technology growth areas such as clean technology, carbon reduction and sustainable energy, in which areas the new jobs will be based.

Bord na Móna CEO Gabriel D’Arcy, who welcomed the support from Enterprise Ireland, said that the company exported E55 million in technology, products and services in exports last year. “Our main aim is to double that in next two years,” he said. “Renewable energy has to be one of the greatest opportunities for this country. The UK has entered into an energy shortage and are asking us can we help them with renewable energy.”