A huge jobs initiative “unveiled” by Limerick City and County Council has puzzled University of Limerick (UL) chiefs, who were said to be key partners in the project.
UL, along with the local authority and sporting interests in the city, had been involved in continuing talks about the setting up of a cluster of sports companies, with the potential to create hundreds of jobs.
However, UL was astonished after the council issued a press release on September 13 announcing 500 jobs, at a time when no decisions had been made.
A source at Limerick City and County Council confirmed at least one “forthright message” was relayed from UL to the council offices the following day, accusing the council of trying to jump the gun on a new jobs’ announcement.
A press release had been issued that trumpeted Ireland’s first sports business cluster was to be established with a target of creating 500 jobs within five years.
However, the Irish Examiner has learned the announcement “came as news” to UL, flagged as a partner in the project. A source said: “As far as UL was concerned, it was ‘work in progress’ with nothing finalised; something still at concept stage.
“UL were in the dark and the council have been told, in no uncertain terms, how UL felt about the council’s media solo run.”
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