Chamber hints at huge jobs bonanza for Fingal

by Sylvia Pownall
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FINGAL is on the verge of a major jobs coup, business experts hinted yesterday.
On Monday, broadband support firm Convergys announced 100 new jobs on top of the 150 positions created at its Swords and Santry hubs last December.
The boost comes just one week after Japanese electronics giant Ricoh revealed it was recruiting 110 staff at its new headquarters in Swords.
Yesterday, Fingal Chamber chief executive Tony Lambert welcomed both developments – and hinted that it was just the tip of the iceberg.
He told The Gazette: “We’re hopeful of big news and a lot more jobs to come in the very near future. Watch this space.”
The Gazette understands business chiefs in Fingal met with representatives of a global industry leader who flew into Dublin specifically to talk jobs earlier this week.
Last month, news of a new business park at Dublin Airport brought with it the promise of hundreds of new jobs for the area.
The relocation of ESB International to the airport campus has also resulted in more than 600 jobs relocating there.
Lambert said: “The Chamber very much welcomes the new jobs at Convergys because this is a great company which provides great services to its clients. It was also very heartening to have Rihco announce 110 jobs last week, because it is a leading world brand in its area of expertise.
“To have them locate in Swords will attract more companies to the area, and we will work tirelessly to attract businesses to both Swords and the wider Fingal area.”
Convergys site director Stephen Guerin described Swords as a “pivotal hub” for its operations and said the company had been “extremely impressed by the calibre of highly-skilled and qualified workers available”.
Meanwhile, Fingal County Council echoed the Chamber’s sentiments and its chief executive, Paul Reid, hailed it as another “major boost” for the north county.
He said: “This is the second big jobs announcement for Swords in the past fortnight and is another endorsement of Fingal as a place to do business in.”
Mayor Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said: “This is more great news for Swords and Fingal. The creation of these 100 jobs, together with 150 already created since December, will be a major boost to the local economy.”

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