Security firm to create 200 new jobs in expansion

THE security company which foiled the abduction of a baby from a maternity hospital is to create 200 new jobs in a nationwide expansion.

The vigilance of security men working at the Erinville maternity hospital in Cork prevented a woman from stealing a baby there in September.

Two security men working with the Sheehan Group spotted the women in the hospital several times before she attempted to abduct the baby, and knew she had no legitimate reason for being there.

The company took on the security contract at the Erinville this year after another baby was successfully abducted from the Cork maternity hospital last year.

Fortunately, that baby was eventually returned to its parents but the incident prompted the hospital to tighten up its video surveillance and overall security operation.

Health Minister Micheal Martin will officially open the Sheehan Group’s new head office in Cork today where 100 of the new jobs will be created over the next year.

The company is one of Ireland’s largest security firms, already employing 300 people in its Cork, Dublin and Limerick divisions. It will take on another 100 people over the next three years after securing a major new contract worth 2 million.

Managing director John Sheehan said the security industry here badly needs to be regulated, even though there have been considerable improvements in the industry over the past five years.

“We are the only country in Europe with an unregulated security industry and that is not good enough - particularly when business assets and personal safety are at stake,” Mr Sheehan said.

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