Opening Bell: PayPal has 100 jobs to fill, France's stern Brexit warning, Cadbury workers strike

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Online payments company Paypal has confirmed it will employ 100 new staff at its Global Operations Centre in Ballycoolin, Dublin.

The jobs will be for English-speakers in the areas of customer service, customer support, and risk operations. Paypal wants to fill the positions by mid-April.

The 100 new members of staff will bring the total number of people employed by the company in Ireland to 3,000 in 2018. 


Over 200 workers at Cadbury's plant in Coolock in Dublin will mount pickets and go on strike this morning.

SIPTU and UNITE say they're taking the action in a row over the company's plans to outsource 17 jobs at the facility.

Mondelez the company that owns Cadbury's says the plans are aimed at strengthening the firm to secure its future and that the affected staff has been accommodated elsewhere.

The unions say the strike will bring the production of chocolate to a halt at the factory.


The Calais "jungle" refugee camp could be relocated to Britain if the UK chooses to leave the European Union, according to France's economy minister.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Emmanuel Macron warned that Brexit would threaten the bilateral relationship between the UK and France.

He said the Le Touquet Agreement, which allows British authorities to conduct border checks on the French side of the Channel, thereby keeping illegal migrants out, could be scuppered if the UK decides leaves the EU.

"The day this relationship unravels, migrants will no longer be in Calais and the financial passport would work less well," Mr Macron said.

"If I were to reason like those who roll out red carpets, I would say we might have some repatriations from the City of London," he added.


Ireland has not done enough to address concerns of small and medium enterprises according to the European Commission.

While the State has drawn up measures to deal with the needs of SMEs, EU officials say that these measures have not been fully rolled out.

"Specific regulatory concerns of SMEs remain insufficiently considered ... a number of measures are in place to ensure that policymakers take SME interests into account, including through consultations. However, implementation is incomplete" the report said.