Jobs boost as shopping centre and concrete firm to recruit 161 staff

More than 160 jobs were announced yesterday at separate projects in Dublin and Co Westmeath.

The arrival of eight new national and international retailers in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Dublin, will bring 120 jobs, while 41 jobs have been created at a Co Westmeath concrete manufacturing company.

The eight new retailers at Liffey Valley bring occupancy at the Dublin West centre to near the 100% mark. The new arrivals include Timberland, Nando’s, Skechers, Bank, and Subway.

Several existing shops will increase their size, including JD Sports, which will triple in size, and Diesel, which will increase space over two floors.

Shelagh Larard of Aviva Investors, which is responsible for the asset management of the retail scheme, said they are delighted with the job boost.

“June and July have been strong months for new lettings at Liffey Valley and we believe the centre’s resilience during this period is largely down to the proactive asset management, focusing on a strong tenant mix strategy,” said Ms Larard.

The 41 jobs in Westmeath are based in Shay Murtagh Precast and are backed by Enterprise Ireland.

The company is also investing around €3m in state-of-the-art technology for the production of precast concrete tunnel segments.

Speaking at yesterday’s announcement, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said the jobs boost was great news for the locality.

“Manufacturing must be a particular focus as we seek to create the jobs we need, and last week we announced the establishment of a manufacturing development forum which will report back within six months on specific measures which we can take to develop this sector,” he said.

“Today’s announcement that Shay Murtagh Precast has expanded to create 41 new jobs is great news for Mullingar and the surrounding region.

“Through continued implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs, I am determined to ensure that we can see more announcements like this around the country over the coming years.”

Managing director of Shay Murtagh Precast, Ciaran Murtagh, said the investment also secures the jobs of existing employees.

“We are delighted to be in a position today where we have not only created 41 new jobs, but more importantly secured the jobs of our existing 75 employees.”

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