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Howth Based Tech Company, iCabbi – the world leader in Dispatch Technology announces 20 jobs in 2016

Today (Thursday), iCabbi announced that after doubling their workforce in 2015, they plan to create 20 new jobs in 2016. The jobs, announced at Dublin HQ are in Research and Development, Customer Service, Sales and Marketing and Technical Support.

iCabbi have been supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland.

Gavan Walsh, Founder and CEO of iCabbi, says: “2015 has been an incredible year for iCabbi. We are now the largest dispatch provider in Ireland, and throughout 2015, significantly grew our UK business, working closely with the largest and most successful taxi companies, and consolidators. We have also recently launched in the US, with 13 companies currently live, and many more scheduled for the new year.’

‘The announcement of 20 new jobs in Dublin HQ will allow us to support these markets, and continue our ambitious expansion. There is a strong pool of high calibre talent in Ireland, we have a fantastic existing workforce and we look forward to adding to it over the coming months.’

Our success to date has been supported through investment from Enterprise Ireland and AIB Seed Capital.

Welcoming the announcement Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, said,

“iCabbi is an example of an innovative Irish company achieving success as they internationalise their business. The announcement of 20 new jobs in Dublin is a great boost to the company, and I wish them every success as they continue to grow their business.”

About iCabbi

iCabbi was founded in 2011 by three Irish Entrepreneurs. iCabbi provides taxi companies with the tools they need to compete against peer to peer apps like Uber and Hailo. iCabbi was approached by a taxi company who wanted to create a direct link between their independent taxi drivers and their customers. It became apparent that this was the real market opportunity; a B2B business, supplying revolutionary taxi dispatch software. In 4 years, the team has grown and focused on delivering projects for bigger taxi companies each time. By learning from the experts, iCabbi has now developed the most advanced cloud based dispatch system in the world.

DCU ALPHA plans to support 100 companies and 800 jobs

DCU ALPHA announces plans to support 100 companies and 800 jobs over the next three years with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies

Irish start-up, Neosfar, announces 30 new jobs and a state of the art R&D facility

DCU ALPHA becomes European base for NIIT Ltd, a multinational digital learning technology company

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, has today (Wednesday) unveiled details of the next phase of development for DCU ALPHA (formerly DCU Innovation Campus).

DCU Alpha [@DCUAlpha] is an innovation cluster which has become home to more than 30 companies and 350 high-tech jobs since its establishment in late 2013, following the transfer of the old Enterprise Ireland site to Dublin City University under the 2013 Action Plan for Jobs. The office, laboratory and industrial research facility in DCU Alpha has evolved into a group of innovative companies actively bridging the digital and physical divide, with new IoT technologies. DCU Alpha now plans to grow to 100 companies and 800 jobs over the next three years under its new brand identity, double the amount envisaged under the 2013 Action Plan for Jobs.

The first expansions under the new identity are the significant 30 new jobs announcement and R&D facility by Neosfar, an innovative Irish IoT company and the confirmation by Indian software multinational, NIIT Ltd, that its new ‘European Delivery Centre’ will be located at DCU Alpha.

The Alpha location has become a hot bed of next generation technologies over the last two years. The tenant and partner line-up features a mix of companies supported by the Department of Jobs – Enterprise Ireland-backed high potential start-ups, successful indigenous tech SMEs and IDA supported multinationals across a variety of sectors including cleantech, wearable sensors, connected health, industrial automation and machine-to-machine communications.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Bruton TD, said: “Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups in their first five years of existence – that is why as part of the Action Plan for Jobs we are putting place a range of measures to support entrepreneurs. Crucial in this is incubator and accelerator spaces and innovation clusters – facilities for companies to locate in their early years of existence where they can have access to supports, mentoring and crucially where they can be close to other entrepreneurs to share experiences and bounce ideas off.

“I was delighted to launch the DCU Innovation Campus in 2013 as part of our Action Plan for Jobs – and it is hugely encouraging to see today that they have doubled their ambitions. Today’s announcement that DCU Alpha plans to grow to 100 companies and 800 jobs in the next three years is a huge boost for the north side of Dublin, and a great indication of what is possible for start-up companies with access to the right supports”.

Also speaking at the launch, CEO of Neosfar, Mark McCarville added, “We are delighted to announce these highly skilled jobs as we embark on servicing the burgeoning IoT sector from our new base in DCU Alpha. We already know and work with many of the companies based here and that cluster or cross-fertilisation opportunity, coupled with the access to graduate talent and key researchers in DCU, made this location an ideal one from our perspective. We look forward to moving into our custom designed engineering lab and office space over the coming weeks and we are already well progressed in terms of hiring the key staff we need.”

Spanish Lalla, President of NIIT’s Corporate Learning Group outlined the rationale behind their move saying, “Europe is an important market for us and Ireland was our country of choice for our European Delivery Centre. As soon as we engaged with DCU, we knew that Alpha was the right location in terms of its culture of innovation and the nearby access to key research centres and the availability of creative and technical talent in the main University.”

President of DCU Professor Brian MacCraith, highlighting the University’s ongoing commitment to engagement and innovation partnerships with industry stated, “DCU Alpha is rapidly becoming recognised as a cornerstone of DCU’s reputation as Ireland’s University of Enterprise. It has been encouraging to see the high level of engagement by businesses large and small over the last two years as they leverage the research, talent and support of DCU.

The next three years are going to be equally as exciting as we look to grow the amount of partner companies from 30 to 100 and continue to expand the number of jobs supported here as well as the number of innovation partnerships between the University and our industry partners.”

About DCU Alpha

DCU Alpha is a nine acre, 200,000 square feet office, laboratory and industrial research facility in Glasnevin, approx. 800m from the main Dublin City University campus. The site was originally established as the Institute for Industrial Research and Standards (IIRS) and was formerly occupied by Enterprise Ireland along with SEAI and NSAI. It is now home to over 30 highly innovative domestic and international companies working on the next generation of technologies that bridge the digital and physical divide (the Internet of Things) across clean tech, machine-to-machine communications, sensor tech, wearables, ICT, Industrial automation and connected hardware. The tenant line-up includes multinationals Siemens, NIIT, Veolia, Fujitsu and VSP Global, as well as high growth indigenous tech companies such as Shimmer Sensing, Neosfar, Novaerus and Exergyn. DCU Alpha is home to Ireland’s only dedicated hardware hackathon space and will soon be home to TechShop – the world’s foremost commercial ‘makerspace’ and rapid prototyping facility.

About Neosfar

Neosfar is a vertically integrated Internet of Things solutions provider specialising in cellular, short range wireless and satellite products and solutions. Neosfar design and manufacture products which provide Wi-Fi and data access in mobile environments such as buses and aeroplanes. Neosfar offer design and development services to clients who wish to develop reliable, internationally certified M2M and IoT devices for the global transport sector and other industries. The company’s HQ is located in DCU Alpha in Dublin, with offices in Minneapolis and San Diego in the USA.

About NIIT

NIIT is a publicly listed company, which was established in 1981 and is headquartered in Gurgaon, India, employing about 3,000 people in over 40 countries with primary locations in India, the United States, Europe and China. The focus of this announcement is NIIT’s Corporate Learning Group (CLG) which delivers comprehensive managed training services including Custom Curriculum Design and Content Development, Learning Administration, Learning Delivery, Strategic Sourcing, Learning Technology, and Advisory Services.

Seven Schools in Dublin Bay North to benefit from major school building programme – Minister Bruton

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, said that seven schools in Dublin Bay North are to benefit from funding under a multi-million euro school building programme.

“Today the Government is unveiling a major school building programme, which involves funding for the following schools in the Dublin Bay North area:

 Coláiste Lán Ghaeilge An Ghráinseach (C. Reachrann), Donaghmede, BAC 13

  • Grange Community College, Donaghmede, Dublin 13
  • Howth Rd Mxd NS, Clontarf, Dublin 3
  • Mount Temple Comprehensive, Dublin 3
  • Scoil Chaitriona, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  • Rosmini Community School, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
  • Scoil Chiarain Special School Glasnevin, Dublin 9

 “This school building programme sets out over 310 individual major school building projects, which will proceed to construction between 2016 and 2021. Meanwhile the Government is also announcing today that 13 new primary and second-level schools are to open in 2017 and 2018.

“I’m very aware of the pressing need to provide more school places in Dublin Bay North, in order to continue to meet the accommodation requirements of our growing school going population

“This funding will facilitate the provision of more school places in Dublin Bay North and this significant investment will also support direct and indirect jobs in Dublin. This is all part of Fine Gael’s plan to keep the recovery going. Sine we launched our Action Plan for Jobs over 135,000 additional jobs have been created. Job creation means more revenue for the exchequer and therefore more money to invest in the services people depend on such as schools.

“I know how vital it is to parents across our community that their children are not just guaranteed a school place, but are guaranteed that they can learn and grow in a comfortable environment, which is conducive to study. Fine Gael is committed to ensuring that this happens.”

Funding of over €6.4m for sports clubs and organisations in Dublin– Bruton

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Bay North, and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton TD, has said that funding of over €6.4m for over 130 sports clubs and organisations in Dublin, is great news and a great boost for local communities.

“Under the programme over €6.4m is being awarded to a number of local clubs.

“I particularly welcome the 16 projects in Dublin Bay North. In the year that Dublin Bay is designated as a world Heritage Site by Unesco, it is great news to see three sea faring clubs, Howth Sea Angling Club, the Dollymount Sea Scouts and the Sutton Dinghy Club, getting funding.

“It is good to see that the City Council is working with local communities to develop sporting projects – this includes upgrading some of our great parks. The Council have worked hard with Raheny GAA and Raheny United and I’m delighted that their project has been awarded €200,000 today.

“Members put thousands of unpaid hours into giving young people an outlet in these clubs. This is recognition of the huge value they create. This funding will be a great boost to the clubs and provide hundreds of welcome construction jobs.

“Money spent on sport, is money saved on healthcare down the road. According to the Department of Sport, 90% of Sports Capital recipients say it has helped them to increase the numbers of people involved in sport. 


Note to Editors:

Clubs in Dublin Bay North which received funding under the sports capital grant are included in the below table.

Club Amount
5th Port Dollymount Seac Scouts €14,000
Clontarf Lawn Tennis Club €67,500
Dublin City Council – Donaghmede Park €11,384
Dublin City Council – Fairview Park €104,521
Dublin City Council – Griffith Park €31,292
Dublin City Council – Kilbarrack €150,000
Dublin City Council – Mc Auley Park €11,384
Dublin City Council – Oscar Traynor Road €12,723
Howth Sea Angling Club €21,250
Ierne Sports & Social Club €19,146
Irish Wheelchair Rugby Club €24,999
Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Club €139,256
St Vincents GAA €100,000
Sutton Dinghy Club €24,950
Dublin City Council – St Anne’s Park (Raheny United and Raheny GAA) €200,000
Sutton Lawn Tennis Club €200,000

Minister Bruton Welcomes €150,000 for site investigation works at Howth Fishery Harbour Centre

Minister Bruton has had continuous contact with the Howth Yacht Club regarding dredging in Howth. Minister Bruton has raised this important issue with his cabinet colleague, the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, on a number of occasions. Minister Bruton has received confirmation that Minister Coveney has sanctioned €150,000 for site investigation works at Howth Fishery Harbour Centre.

Commenting on the matter, Minister Bruton said:

“I have met with Carl Hanratty and other members of the Howth Yacht Club and have had ongoing contact with them regarding the dredging of Howth Harbour.”

“I have raised the issue of dredging Howth harbour on a number of occasions with my cabinet colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD. I am delighted that Simon has now sanctioned €150,000 for site investigation works at Howth Fishery Harbour Centre.  The report on this site investigation will include vital information on the nature of the material to be dredged in any future dredging project.  I am informed that the Report on the Site Investigation will be issued in early 2016. This report will be an important first step.”

“I also welcome the confirmation I have received from Minister Coveney that €1.79 million has been approved by the Minister for the maintenance and development of Howth Fishery Harbour Centre in 2015.”

LinkedIn Ireland surpasses 1000 jobs milestone as it celebrates

At an event to celebrate its fifth anniversary in Ireland, LinkedIn today announced it now employs 900 people, an increase of 300 over the past twelve months, with more than 100 additional open positions at present. LinkedIn was joined at the event by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD.

LinkedIn’s 900 employees are engaged in sales and marketing, engineering, data insights and analytics, and include a variety of regional leadership roles. The open roles include sales managers, insight analysts, applied scientists, HR managers and finance managers.

LinkedIn also announced that the next phase of construction has commenced on its international headquarters in Dublin.  This site is being developed on 17,507sq m and seven hundred construction jobs are involved over the course of the project, which is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2017.

Commenting during a visit to the site, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said: “It is a fantastic endorsement for Ireland that one of the leading internet companies in the world has selected Dublin as the location for its international headquarters.  In a short space of time, LinkedIn has become a major employer in Ireland and continues to grow.  The calibre of people employed by LinkedIn reflects the quality of the Irish workforce and is another reason why Ireland is seen as a global centre for technology and internationalisation. The Government plans to keep the recovery going by keeping Ireland competitive for new investment and jobs.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, who is this morning hosting the Dublin jobs plan forum, added: “Ireland’s success in attracting and growing jobs in the world’s biggest ‘born on the internet’ companies brings huge knock-on benefits – including extra jobs in supply and service companies, as well as a huge gain for our reputation. Encouraging jobs growth in these companies is a key aim of the Action Plan for Jobs, and today’s announcement that LinkedIn, one of the world’s biggest names in this area, is making a major investment in its operations here, and will soon employ 1000 people here, is a great boost. I wish Sharon and the team every success with its operations here, and look forward to continue working with them as they continue to invest and grow jobs here”

Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland, said: “Since establishing its international headquarters in Dublin five years ago, LinkedIn has developed its business significantly, creating jobs in key areas such as data analysis and applied science. The decision by the company to develop and construct its international headquarters here is testament to Ireland’s reputation as a global leader in technology and big data.”

Sharon McCooey, Senior Director International Operations and Dublin Site Lead,  LinkedIn, added:  “As one of LinkedIn’s first employees in Ireland, it has been fantastic to be part of driving   the evolution of the company.  We have grown from a team of three to a workforce of 900 people in five short years and we continue to expand with the construction of our new international headquarters here in the city centre.  Our location at the heart of Europe’s digital ecosystem means that we are ideally placed for the future.”

John Herlihy, LinkedIn EMEA Managing Director, said, “Ireland is a great place to do business and is a hugely important base for LinkedIn. Having recently joined the LinkedIn team, I’m looking forward to a bright future as we grow and expand our team in Dublin.”




About LinkedIn

LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful and transforms the ways companies hire, market and sell. Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce through the ongoing development of the world’s first Economic Graph. LinkedIn has more than 400 million members and has offices around the world.

Richard welcomes continuing improvement in November unemployment figures

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today (Tuesday) welcomed the publication of the latest official unemployment figures from the Central Statistics Office, showing a continuing fall in the number of people unemployed.

The figures show the unemployment rate at 8.9% in November 2015, and the total number of people unemployed at 191,700, down 32,100 on the same month a year ago.

Minister Bruton said:

“Our very top priority since we took office as a Government is creating jobs and reducing unemployment. Since we launched out Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012, more than 135,000 extra people are at work across the country. Every region is now growing jobs. Today’s figures confirm that this job-creation is continuing to have an impact on the number of people unemployed.

“However the figures also show that there is no room for complacency. The closer we get to full employment, the more difficult it is to continue to ensure that the jobs that are created are filled by people who are unemployed. We are determined as a Government to rise to that challenge, to keep the recovery going and to continue to create the jobs we need”.

Government unveils Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs as it publishes latest Action Plan for Jobs progress report

The Government today unveiled the 24 young entrepreneurs who have reached the national finals of “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur” as we reach the final stages of the annual competition which this year attracted 1400 applicants between the ages of 18 and 30 (40% increase on last year)

The 24 finalists, including for the first time two Irish entrepreneurs living overseas looking to set up their businesses in Ireland, come from 17 different counties and a range of sectors including fashion, retail, food, technology and life sciences. The young Irish overseas were specifically targeted in this year’s initiative.

The announcement came as the Government published the Action Plan for Jobs 14th and 15th Progress Reports at an event in Government Buildings this morning. The Progress Report, part of the monitoring process put in place when the Action Plan for Jobs was first launched in February 2012, showing that 159 out of 192 actions scheduled for implementation in Q2 and Q3 2015 were delivered. Among the measures delivered are included:

  • Regions – published and started implementing regional jobs plans in so far 5 of the 8 regions, part of the €250million regional strategy, targeting delivery of a combined total of 127,000 extra jobs over the coming years (in the plans published so far)
  • Regions – launched a €10million initiative through the LEOs to support more start-up businesses in every county, and launched call for expressions of interest in €40million regional enterprise fund
  • Skills – rolled out an additional 1,061 places on core ICT courses at NFQ levels 8-9
  • Manufacturing – measures to support more manufacturing SMEs to improve productivity, including a €10million capital investment fund and a new LEAN programme – 15 companies have benefited so far; published a guide on manufacturing supports
  • R&D – launched the SFI Investigators Programme 2015, helping to develop a world-class research capability in STEM areas; approved additional funding for the National Institute for Bioprocess Research and Training (NIBRT) to invest in R&D in biologics drugs
  • Start-ups – €500k fund to attract international start-ups to Ireland, Start-Up Gathering programme of events across the country
  • Infrastructure – Government Capital Plan published, including €3billion of supports for enterprise
  • Making work pay – Low Pay Commission Report and Government response, Collective Bargaining and REA legislation passes all stages
  • Launched the Living Cities Initiative, aimed at rejuvenating eligible areas of Kilkenny, Galway, Waterford, Limerick, Cork and Dublin
  • Launched Eircode, the new National Post Code system
  • Finalised and published Enterprise 2025, 10-year strategic jobs plan.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said: “The Action Plan for Jobs is an important part of our effort to keep up the momentum on job creation as we work towards our target of reducing unemployment down to 6% by 2020. Over 1,000 new jobs a week were added to the economy in 2015 and we need to keep this momentum up so that we can keep the recovery going. I expect that, with our continued focus on the domestic and regional recovery, at least another 50,000 new jobs will be added to the economy in 2016 and that we will see more Irish people returning home than leaving. “The domestic and regional economy was prioritised this year for new initiatives to spread the benefits of recovery around the country. One of the best innovations arising from the Action Plan for Jobs, and in recognition of the need to support young Irish entrepreneurship, is the development of the Best Young Entrepreneur competition organised by the Local Enterprise Offices. It is inspirational to see these young business leaders develop new ideas and create new jobs. This is just one example of how we are going to push on to deliver full employment.”

Tánaiste Joan Burton TD said: “The central focus of this Government has always been about jobs, and that focus is showing positive results. This week’s figures, which show unemployment has fallen below 9%, represent a landmark moment for our recovery. But we have more to do to bring down unemployment further, to invest further in our workforce, and to ensure work pays. Through the Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work we will continue our progress to full employment, and to a social recovery for all our people.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “Two thirds of all new jobs are created by start-ups – that is why we have placed at the very heart of the Action Plan for Jobs our drive to encourage more people to start up new businesses. One key aspect of this is the Ireland’s Best Young Enterpreneur (IBYE) competition – in its second year running, this is a great initiative to celebrate our amazing young business-people and provide real tangible support to them as they expand their businesses and ultimately create 1, 2, 10, or 50 extra jobs.

“IBYE is a great example of what we are trying achieve through the Action Plan for Jobs. On its own it will not solve our jobs crisis. However by placing it into the Plan, subject to reporting mechanisms and oversight from the Taoiseach, we can be sure it will be implemented. And taken together with thousands of other actions which we have implemented through the Plan over recent years, it will help rebuild an economy based on real enterprises, innovation and exports – and create the jobs we need”.


For further information, please contact:

Press Office, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation ph. 6312200 or



The Action Plan for Jobs 14th Progress Report is available at: Action Plan for Jobs 2015 Second Progress Report

The Action Plan for Jobs 15th Progress Report is available at: Action Plan for Jobs 2015 Third Progress Report

Later this morning the Taoiseach and Minister Bruton will hold a meeting in Government Buildings with all 24 national finalists to discuss their businesses/business ideas, and will hold a photocall to unveil them to the media. The national final will be held in Google on Sunday 6th December.

1,400 young Irish entrepreneurs, all aged between 18 and 30, participated in the 2015 ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, which is being run by the Local Enterprise Offices. 24 finalists from 17 counties have now made it to the December national final at Google’s European Headquarters in Dublin.

For this year’s competition, young Irish people who have emigrated in recent years were encouraged to apply, with a view to setting up their businesses in Ireland. Applications were received from forty young Irish entrepreneurs, based in countries such as the USA, UK, Italy, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Two of this year’s international applicants have made it through to December’s national final.

Launched in May this year by An Taoiseach and Minister Bruton and supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the nationwide competition forms part of the Action Plan for Jobs, with a total €2million fund available to county winners and overall national winners, who each can win a total of up to €70,000 investment in their business.

Affordable diagnostics for neglected tropical diseases, a mobile app for e-Books and a medical device for bowel cancer patients are among the eight ideas shortlisted in the ‘Best Business Idea’ category.

Meanwhile, a wearable fertility tracker for women, healthy convenient foods and an equestrian data analytics company all made the final eight in the ‘Best Start Up Business’ category.

The final eight in the ‘Best Established Business’ category feature a fashion milliner, speciality retailers and a furniture-maker.

The three category winners all have a chance to be crowned Ireland’s overall ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’, sharing the €100,000 national final investment fund. 

Further updates about ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ and YouTube videos for each of the national finalists are available through or by searching #ibye on social media.

The official IBYE channel on YouTube is Videos generated by many of the finalists showcasing their businesses are available at this link.

Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is run by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in the Local Authorities Network, and the winners at county level are eligible for an investment in their business of up to €20,000, while the winners at national level can receive an additional investment of up to €50,000. Winners of individual categories can also win additional investments in their businesses.

Mentoring, marketing and other supports are also available to participating businesses at various stages of the competition. The competition is open to individuals aged 30 and under and will be judged under three distinct categories:

  • Best Business Idea (best idea for a new business)
  • Best Start-Up Business (in business for up to 24 months or less)
  • Best Established Business (in business for longer than 24 months).

The first stage was a county-based competition (run by the 31 LEOs) which led to the naming of the Best Young Entrepreneur in each county. This stage also included bootcamps and mentoring programmes. This was followed by eight regional finals. At the national final, one businessperson will be crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

National Finalists: Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 2015

Local Enterprise Office Entrepreneur Company Description
Kilkenny Blaine Doyle GlowDX A diagnostics company that uses molecular science to provide a more economical method of diagnosing neglected tropical diseases.


Donegal Niall McGonigle McGonigle Industries


Designs medical products, specifically N-Tech – a medical device that will improve colostomy patients’ lives.
Waterford Liam Sexton Photo2Cad A mobile app that allows users to convert images into fully-scaled CAD drawings through their smartphones.
Galway Chris Murphy Blue Drop Medical Develops technology capable of remotely detecting and monitoring foot ulcers in patients with diabetes.
Clare Peter Hunt Piggyback Develops new technology for taxi drivers, which will improve workflow, manage fleet and optimise overall operations.
Louth Andrew Nadin Dooskey Irish Whiskey Distils a range of flavoured Irish Whiskies aimed at the young adult market, with a focus on innovation.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in Dublin Curtis Moran Rook A mobile app to provide location-based free access to e-Books for users.
Kildare Conor Devlin uHerrd Software that enables journalists and bloggers to create and place opinion polls on their articles or websites.
Local Enterprise Office Entrepreneur Company Description
Carlow Diarmuid Byrne EquiRatings Equestrian data analytics company for national and international clients in the sport of eventing.
Longford Niall Mimnagh Mimergy Ltd Develops sustainable technology which converts waste tyres into valuable commodities, such as fuels and chemicals.
South Cork James Foody Ayda A wearable fertility tracker for women, worn during sleep to pinpoint their exact basal body temperature.
Mayo Daniel Loftus Urban Fox A mobile app that helps marketing teams analyse customer and behavioural data more efficiently.
Tipperary Philip Martin Blanco Nino Europe’s first authentic gluten-free corn tortilla manufacturer for the food service and retail sectors.
Louth Mark Reilly Aphix Software Software for the warehousing industry, delivering real-time stock and pricing information to sales representatives and customers.
Dublin City Isolde Johnson The Cool Bean Company A consumer food brand which includes a range of healthy, nutritious, gluten-free bean meals in a pot.
Kildare David Carey Nutraplenish A lifestyle nutrition company, manufacturing healthy food and drink products for the retail sector.
Local Enterprise Office Entrepreneur Company Description
Wicklow James Keogh Rathwood A retail entertainment company with over 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, outdoor activities with a year-round events schedule for families.
Leitrim Jennifer Wyrnne Jennifer Wyrnne Ltd A milliner within the fashion industry, designing and creating high quality, hand -crafted hats and head pieces.
Waterford Eddy Lynch Suir Sprayers A company that specialises in the testing, selling and servicing of sprayer parts nationwide, for the horticultural and agricultural sectors.
Roscommon Oz Ibrahmi Hex CNC A product research and development company for the medical sector, specialising in CNC machines (computer numerical control).
Limerick Mark Sheahan Recycle Right A waste collection and recycling business for households, which uses innovative software solutions.
Cavan Alicia Treanor Nutri-Snax Ltd Develops, manufactures and distributes a range of nutritious, healthy snacks and biscuits for the food sector.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in Dublin Peter Roberts Roberts of Dalkey Wholesaler and retailer of fresh Irish seafood, with four retail locations.
Kildare Tim Dunleavy Dunleavy Bespoke Design and create contemporary handcrafted furniture and interiors, exported worldwide.

New €500,000 Fund to encourage ambitious business women to start new businesses – Minister Bruton


Enterprise Ireland launches new Competitive Start Fund

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today (Wednesday) launched a new €500,000 Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund to support ambitious business women in starting new enterprises.

The initiative is part of an ongoing drive by Enterprise Ireland to boost the number of innovative, export-oriented businesses being set up and led by female entrepreneurs. The Fund is open to female-led start-ups in Manufacturing and Internationally Traded Services including Internet, Games, Apps, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Lifesciences, Food, Consumer Products, Medical Devices and e-Health.  Applications will be considered on a competitive basis and the financial support will be in the form of equity investment.

The Fund, which provides for up to €50,000 in equity support for each successful applicant, opens for applications today, Wednesday, 11 November and closes at 3pm on Wednesday, 25 November 2015.

Launching the Fund, Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said: “A key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is driving growth in female entrepreneurship. In Ireland we have hugely innovative and ambitious female entrepreneurs but we just don’t have enough of them. Since taking office we have put in place a range of initiatives and the numbers have improved, but we must do more.  By specifically targeting a substantial increase in their numbers we can make a real difference to the overall level of entrepreneurial activity in Ireland. New businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs in the economy. This €500,000 Competitive Start Fund targeting female entrepreneurs will give a real boost to ensuring that more women get involved in starting international businesses, ultimately creating more jobs in Ireland”.

A primary strategic objective of Enterprise Ireland is to leverage all assets available to support the creation and growth of Irish-owned enterprises. This means targeting all sources of founders, including young entrepreneurs, research-based start-ups and business women.

In Ireland, like most developed economies, female founders have traditionally been under-represented in their participation in start-up businesses. To address this imbalance, Enterprise Ireland developed a pro-active campaign to support ambitious business women to start and grow Irish businesses of scale.

This has yielded positive results.  Over the last three years, Enterprise Ireland funds aimed at increasing the number of high potential female-led business start-ups have attracted over 300 applications resulting in an additional 40 female-led businesses receiving funding to investigate the viability of new growth orientated businesses which can succeed in global markets.

Commenting on the announcement, Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, said:Ensuring that innovative and ambitious business women realise their full potential is critical to Irish economic prosperity and a major priority for Enterprise Ireland. Over the last three years Enterprise Ireland has put in place a range of specific supports to increase the number of female-led start-ups. I am delighted to say that the level of female entrepreneurship has significantly improved over this period and Ireland is now on a par with other international economies. This Competitive Start Fund represents a strategic investment by Enterprise Ireland in female-led start-ups. The Fund will support women to expand their business horizons and set up viable companies that can win business in international markets and create jobs at home”.

Full details of the Fund and the application form are available on the Enterprise Ireland web site: Closing date for applications is 3pm, Wednesday 25 November 2015.


Photos are available on request.

For further information contact:

Sarita Johnston, Manager – Female Entrepreneurship +353 (0)87 2467214

Paula Chase, Press Officer, Enterprise Ireland +353 1 7272842 or


The Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs provides female-led companies with critical early stage funding to test the market for their products and services and progress their business plans for the global marketplace.  Up to 10 companies are expected to benefit under this round of funding, and up to €500,000 is available.

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Indeed to Hire 300 New Staff in Dublin


Expansion underpins rapid international growth

Research shows Dublin one of six leading tech hubs in Europe for tech employment

40% rise in searches on Indeed in Ireland in the past 12 months

Indeed, the world’s leading job site, today announced expansion plans for its Dublin-based headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), adding 300 new employees in the next two years. The company has already started recruiting for sales, client services, business development, marketing, finance and operations roles, which will help companies across EMEA to maximise the return on their recruitment spend, while continuing to offer the best job search experience for job seekers.

Indeed has sites in more than 50 countries and 28 languages. Unlike most job sites which only show paid listings, Indeed brings together the most job listings from employer career sites, staffing agencies, job boards, and newspaper career pages. Every month over 180 million job seekers find and apply for jobs on Indeed through a desktop, tablet, or smartphone with a single search. Indeed makes it easy for job seekers to create job alerts which notify them as soon as new jobs are posted meeting their unique criteria.

Indeed opened its first Dublin office in March 2012 and currently has a team of over 230 employees. Indeed has been supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland.

In Ireland Indeed has over 800,000 unique visitors each month, with an increase in traffic of 40% in the past 12 months as the economy improves and the site gains in popularity. There has been a notable shift in the way people search for jobs, with 54% of searches on now via mobile or tablet compared to 33% just 2 years ago.

Commenting on the announcement Chris Hyams, President of Indeed said:

“Today’s announcement demonstrates Indeed’s long term commitment to Ireland and our confidence, both in the strengthening Irish economy and in the deep pool of talent that Ireland offers. When we opened our Irish office in 2012 we had ambitious growth plans for Indeed and Ireland has played an integral role in our international expansion. We now have 230 employees, representing 18 nationalities in our Dublin office serving job seekers and employers all over the word. We plan to more than double the size of our Irish team by 2017 to continue to expand globally, find better ways to match candidates with employers, and make it easier for people to get jobs.”

Recent research published by Indeed shows that Dublin is one of six leading “tech hub” cities in Europe for opportunities to work in technology, with nearly one in every fourteen available jobs coming from the sector.

Meeting with Indeed staff in Dublin today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said:

“I am delighted to welcome this great announcement by Indeed of 300 new jobs. This is a vote of confidence in Dublin, where Indeed has based its EMEA headquarters, and shows the

potential for excellent employment opportunities from Dublin’s success as a tech hub. The Government will continue to create the policy environment for companies like Indeed to locate and grow as we work to secure the recovery.”

Speaking at the announcement, Tánaiste Joan Burton TD said:

“My over-riding focus as Minister for Social Protection has been on helping jobseekers back to work and so I know the value of Indeed’s services – to both jobseekers and employers. You can search the site as a jobseeker looking for opportunities, and you can search it as an employer looking for CVs. This is exactly the kind of service that jobseekers and employers want – fast, comprehensive and accessible. And it’s an added bonus that Indeed’s success story means the company is now significantly expanding its own operations and creating more jobs in the process.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD who has met several executives from on trade missions to the US since taking office, said:

“A key part of our jobs plans is persuading fast-growing ‘born-on-the-internet’ companies to establish operations here so that Ireland can share in their growth from an early stage. is a hugely impressive company in this area, and today’s announcement that it is creating 300 extra jobs is a huge boost. Not only is it an important endorsement of our FDI policies, but it also confirms the attractiveness of Ireland as a tech hub. I wish Chris and his team every success”.

Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland, which supported Indeed’s initial move into Ireland said:

“Indeed is one of the fastest growing tech companies in Ireland today. Indeed’s presence here in Ireland adds to our reputation as a hub of international tech and multilingual talent. The plans to add 300 new jobs at Indeed’s EMEA headquarters show that companies are continuing to find the right talent to facilitate their plans for rapid expansion.”

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About Indeed

More people find jobs on Indeed than anywhere else. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world and allows job seekers to search millions of jobs on the web or mobile in over 50 countries and 28 languages. More than 180 million people each month search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies on Indeed, and Indeed is the #1 source of external hires for thousands of companies (sources: SilkRoad & iCIMS). Indeed’s EMEA headquarters is located in Dublin, where they employ 230 people. For more information, visit