Irish Manufacturing Research creates 40 new jobs in Rathcoole

By Brendan Grehan

RATHCOOLE HAS been boosted with 40 new jobs with the opening of a new researce facility by Irish Manufacturing Research.

Tánaiste and Local TD, Frances Fitzgerald officially opened the new research facility in Rathcoole.

Frances with Mayor OConnell and CEO Barry Kennedy

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, and Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland were also present for the opening of the research centre which is Ireland’s first Independent, industry driven, Research and Technology Organisation and will create forty jobs.

Speaking at the opening Tánaiste Fitzgerald told The Echo: “I am delighted to announce the 40 hi-tech jobs in the centre, with plans to scale to 200 jobs as investment from industry grows within the centre.

"Today marks the formal opening of Ireland’s first Independent industry driven Research and Technology Organisation, Irish Manufacturing Research.

"I congratulate the centre on the high standard of building offices and interior design - giving a sense of openness, creativity, in a collaborative, business like work-place”.

Tánaiste Fitzgerald said that manufacturing is hugely hugely important for Ireland’s economy – contributing about 25 per cent of GDP and approximately 440,000 jobs directly and indirectly.

Irish Manufacturing Research will be a one-stop-shop for manufacturing companies; both multinational and indigenous can collaborate to solve big manufacturing challenges in partnership with the research ecosystem in Ireland and EU through its Industrial and Research partner networks.

Tánaiste Fitzgerald added: “This new Centre is in a strategic location here in Aerodrome Business Park, with easy access for manufacturers from across the country.

"It is investments like this from IMR that help make the Irish economy strong so that we can support new measures to make Ireland even more attractive to new investment and jobs”.


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