Ryanair set for move to Swords

by Gazette Reporter
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Plans to make Swords the new home for Ryanair’s Dublin offices are officially under way after fit-out works began on the Airside Retail Park building in recent weeks.
The works have sustained a total of 140 construction and engineering jobs during what is envisaged to be a 20-week fit out.
Ryanair last week announced it had appointed John Paul Construction as its chosen contractors to fit out its new Dublin office building.
The Irish-owned airline remains on course to move all of its Irish office operations and approximately 400 members of its staff from its current offices at Dublin Airport to its new offices in Swords before the end of the year.
The 100,000 sq ft building will house all of Ryanair’s Irish operations, including its commercial, customer service, finance, IT, legal and marketing departments. The airline will continue to maintain some facilities at Dublin Airport for its pilots and cabin crew.
The airline company is offering up to half (approximately 50,000 sq ft) of this building for rent to other high profile multi-national companies which are looking for offices in the same location and it is believed that interest is already high.
Their interest in the local area has been welcomed by Dublin North Senator Darragh O’Brien (FF) who said he believes their decision to house offices in Swords will entice other large companies to the area.
“I think it’s great, I absolutely do. It is going to be a big boost for Swords as well as the surrounding area. Its proximity to the town is very close so their move is very welcome,” he said.
“It will fill one of the last remaining empty office blocks in the retail park so it will be good to see that full and it’s a real vote of confidence in Swords.”
Speaking about their plans to move, Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “This is a significant investment by Ryanair, allowing us the space and facilities to further develop our Dublin organisation, at much lower costs than the high rents on the Dublin Airport campus and allowing other staff currently housed in satellite offices to be brought together under one roof, resulting in a large reduction in rental expenses and further cost savings,” she said.
“The four-month fit-out will support some 140 construction jobs, while Ryanair’s Airside Business Park relocation will also provide a welcome economic boost for the growing town of Swords, which continues to attract blue-chip corporations – including the world’s largest airline.”

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