Eir and Irish pharma firm announce 170 new jobs

A raft of new positions to be created over the coming months and years...

A host of new positions in the telecommunications and pharma sectors are on the way for Ireland, as eir and Biopharma Engineering make big job announcements this Thursday morning.

Eir is creating 100 positions as a direct result of the rollout of high speed fibre broadband across Ireland.

The roles involve a variety of skills, including poling crews, cabling technicians and fibre splicers.

The majority of the positions, which will be based throughout the country, will be filled within the next three months. KN Network Services (KNNS), a strategic supplier to eir, will be looking after the recruitment.

The State's largest telco company is also committed to recruiting 300 apprentices over the course of the broadband rollout and will be announcing a further recruitment drive for apprentice and engineering roles in the coming months.

Carolan Lennon, managing director of open eir, said:

“Eir has embarked on the largest telecoms investment project of its kind in Ireland. To date, we have spent close to €400m alone on our high-speed fibre broadband rollout programme. Not only is our partner KNNS playing a key role to ensure that we deliver our broadband solutions to communities right across the country as quickly as possible, they are doing so in a way that supports the local economy by recruiting staff from rural Ireland.

"Eir has a proven track record in delivering quality broadband at scale, at pace and on schedule. No other operator is investing more in broadband rollout throughout the country”

Meanwhile, Biopharma Engineering is set to take on 70 people in Dublin and Cork over the next three years.

With headquarters established in Cork a decade ago, the indigenous engineering design firm has now opened offices in the capital.

Biopharma is looking for everything from entry-level graduates and people in mechanical and processed chemical engineering, to more senior personnel and project managers with life science/biopharma experience.

Speaking at the Dublin opening this morning, Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor said:

“I welcome the announcement that Biopharma Engineering is opening a new office in Dublin and bringing 70 highly skilled graduate jobs to Dublin and Cork.

"Biopharma Engineering is a great example of an Irish company that has excelled nationally and internationally in its market. One of my priorities as Minister is creating an environment where job growth can thrive right across the country. I am delighted to officially open these new offices which will serve the North, East and West of Ireland as well as UK and other international markets."