New jobs boost hailed as a huge vote of confidence in Clonmel

Eamon Lacey


Eamon Lacey

Clonmel was the primary beneficiary of new jobs announced at the government launch in Waterford on Monday of its Action Plan for Jobs 2015.

Clonmel was the primary beneficiary of new jobs announced at the government launch in Waterford on Monday of its Action Plan for Jobs 2015.

The 200 new jobs for Clonmel to be provided by Eishtec, a Waterford-based customer service solution provider, was the most significant announcement on the day and the South Tipperary jobs boost has been warmly welcomed.

At the Action Plan for Jobs launch, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said Eishtec was a great model of what the government was trying to through the jobs plan.

“Here is an innovative Irish company, established less than five years ago, and now employs over 1000 people in the South East, an area of historically high unemployment. This announcement that it is establishing a third operation in the South East, and bringing 200 jobs to Clonmel, a town with historical employment challenges, is another massive boost for the region. Eishtec deserve huge credit for what they have achieved, and I wish them every success for the future”.

Minister of State at the Dept of Agriculture Tom Hayes said the announcement by Eishtec was a great boost for the economy in County Tipperary and especially Clonmel and the surrounding area. He was delighted to see such an innovative company choose Clonmel to grow its business and provide high quality jobs.

“The establishment of this centre in Clonmel is a vote of confidence in the workforce in the area” said Minister Hayes who pointed out that Eishtec identified Clonmel as the best option when it could have selected any other town in the country.

“The presence of such prestige companies as Abbott and Boston Scientific in that area was significant and now we have a major success story like Eishtec taking up residence in Ard Gaoithe which is a great boost for South Tipperary,”

Environment Minister Alan said the jobs announcement was a welcome endorsement of the Tipperary economy and shows the strong reputation Tipperary has for customer service. “Eistec has a strong track-record and demonstrates that we have an excellent talent pool in Clonmel to service the local economy for many years into the future”, he said.

Deputy Mattie McGrath said there was no doubt that the announcement will go some way toward reversing a prolonged period of employment instability in the town. “In the context of the regional investment by the IDA, it is also a significant step in the right direction That being said, the South East is still feeling the effects of major under investment under the National Strategic Investment fund”, he stated.

Deputy Seamus Healy said the announcement was welcome but more needed to be done and done urgently.

“Tipperary has not been getting its fair share of job creation. The county has unemployment levels of 18%, twice the national average, with 14,400 people signing on the Government’s regional jobs strategy announced yesterday adds insult to injury. It prioritises investment in named towns Sligo, Tralee, Castlebar, Galway, Dundalk, Limerick, Athlone, Carlow and Waterford. There is not a single Tipperary Town on the list” he said.

The Action Plan for Jobs 2015 is a regional strategy consisting of a €250m employment plan for all eight regions and aims to deliver employment growth of 10%-15%.