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Dublin: 31.03.2015 01.15AM
ConnectIreland is today being congratulated for job announcements from four US companies at the Global Irish Economic Forum, which will see 83 new positions created in Dublin and Cork.
Of the 83 jobs announced today, 65 are involved in STEM industries.
Washington-based company Sound & Sea Technologies headed up the announcements with 55 jobs for Co Cork. The ocean and marine engineering services provider has decided to set up its European headquarters at the Irish Marine and Energy Resources Cluster (IMERC) campus in Ringaskiddy. This will create two new businesses at IMERC: Sound & Sea Europe, which will take on 20 hires, and Marin Micropile Technology, which will employ 35 people for R&D and business development of Micropile anchoring systems.
Technology consultants Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) will expand its US operation in Ireland, creating 10 new jobs in Dublin over the next year.
Additional job announcements came from corporate training entity Improv Asylum, which will establish its European operations in Dublin as IA Innovation, creating 12 jobs. Finally, an affiliate of the legal consultancy The Bayne Law Group, Bayne International Limited will create six jobs in Cork City to support the group’s operations in the US.
Each of these US companies were introduced to Ireland through ConnectIreland, the company behind the Government’s ‘Succeed in Ireland’ initiative that forms part of its Action Plan for Jobs.
The announcements were made at the third Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle, which brought together 260 leading Irish and Irish-connected figures from around the world to focus on economic growth and job creation. ConnectIreland has its roots in the forum, as it was an initiative borne of the 2011 event.
“[ConnectIreland] has brought a really new approach to foreign direct investment as it helps attract different types of companies that might have escaped the attention of Irish agencies,” said An Taoiseach Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD.