Irish Water to announce up to 1,600 jobs today

Up to 1,600 new construction jobs are expected to be announced by the new company tasked with collecting water charges today.

The Irish Independent reports that 25% of the new jobs will be reserved for those on the Live Register and will last around three years.

It comes just days after Irish Water announced up to 240 jobs will be created at eight regional offices around the country, while another 400 positions are being rolled out in Abtran call centre in Cork, which will process applications and customer queries in relation to Irish Water's operations.

The first bills for water charges will be issued to the public in January 2015.

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