Seafood processing and marine research posts announced

6 Oct 2011

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced the creation of 92 jobs in seafood processing and marine research.

Kenny said €3.5m will be invested this year in the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme administered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), which will result in 64 new jobs.

In addition, funding of €2m has been made available for an International SmartOcean Graduate Programme (ISGP), created in collaboration between the IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology), the Marine Institute, five Irish universities and industry. This funding will result in the creation of 28 research posts.

Ireland’s emerging international shipping services sector has been boosted by a number of investments in new and second-hand ships over the last 12 months by companies like Arklow Shipping and the Mainport Group, as well as foreign direct investments by D’Amico and Ardmore Shipping.

“Ireland is now recognised as an emerging power in marine research and innovation,” said Kenny. “This has been achieved through the mapping of the 90pc of Irish national territory that lies under the Atlantic, the creation of a quarter of a billion euros worth of marine research infrastructure, and the fostering of strong linkages between industry and research centres, all of which will support employment opportunities in key areas of potential growth in the marine sector.”

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