TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has announced the creation of 92 new jobs in the marine sector.
While on a visit to the national research vessel R.V. Celtic Explorer in Dublin today, Kenny revealed the new positions would be created in seafood processing and marine research.
Following a €3.5 million investment by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), 64 jobs will be generated in the seafood sector.
In the area of marine research, funding of €2 million has been made available for an International SmartOcean Graduate Programme to provide 28 research posts.
Of these positions, 22 are for PhD awards and six are post-doctoral awards. Sponsored by the Marine Institute, the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology and some multinationals and smaller ICT companies, the programme will be delivered by five Irish universities – DCU, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, UCC and University of Limerick.
“Ireland is now recognised as an emerging power in Marine Research and Innovation,” said the Taoiseach.
This has been achieved through the mapping of the 90 per cent 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.”
Kenny also welcomed the expansion of Ireland’s capabilities in the international shipping services sector, which he said should also attract more jobs to the country.