91 new jobs at Bord na Móna in €6m investment

91 Innovation jobs to be created with support from Enterprise Ireland

  • Jobs are in addition to the 20 high tech jobs currently being recruited
  • Outreach programme for SMEs in Midlands commences

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,  Richard Bruton T.D. and the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D. today [Monday 19th December, 2011] announced that Bord na Móna is to create 91 new jobs as part of a €6million R&D investment over the next three years with the support of government through Enterprise Ireland. The announcement was made at Bord na Móna’s Newbridge headquarters.

Pictured at the jobs announcement at Bord na Móna’s Newbridge headquarters are (L-R): The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, Bord na Móna CEO, Mr Gabriel D’Arcy, Tom Kelly, Department Manager, Enterprise Ireland, and the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D.
Pictured at the jobs announcement at Bord na Móna’s Newbridge headquarters are (L-R): The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, Bord na Móna CEO, Mr Gabriel D’Arcy, Tom Kelly, Department Manager, Enterprise Ireland, and the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D.

The announcement is part of Bord na Móna’s ongoing innovation programme that has already seen recruitment commence for 20 high-tech positions, which are expected to be in place by March 2012. The 91 jobs announced today are in addition to these 20 positions, and will add to Bord na Móna’s skilled, high-tech, graduate workforce.

Enterprise Ireland is supporting the work of the Innovation Division of Bord na Móna in a number of number of high technology growth areas such as Clean Technology, Carbon Reduction and Growing media.

Also today, Bord na Móna announced a new strategy to collaborate with and mentor start-ups and SMEs in the Midlands region and have appointed an outreach development manager.

Making the announcement Minister Bruton said:
“If we are to rebuild the economy and create the jobs we so badly need, we must create an indigenous engine of growth. A key part of my plan to support indigenous business and create sustainable jobs is picking winners – we must target supports at the sectors where we have advantages and the companies with potential, in order to create high-growth indigenous businesses which will drive future growth.

“Cleantech is a sector which we as a government are targeting for support, as we believe Ireland has distinct advantages and the capacity to be a pioneer in this area. Many people have talked about the potential of the sector. Today’s announcement is about providing concrete supports to a large, successful State company to create real, high-end jobs in the sector. If we are ambitious and if we act decisively, I believe that we can create large numbers of jobs in this sector and I am determined to see that through”.

Also making the announcement, Minister Rabbitte said:
“This jobs announcement is a welcome boost for Newbridge and the Midlands region but it is also important as it represents significant R&D investment in one of Ireland’s most important firms.  

“I congratulate the management team for their ambitious plans to redefine this historic company.  Bord na Móna is an integral part of Ireland’s heritage and this investment in innovation ensures it will be integral to Ireland’s future as an innovation nation.

Bord na Móna is a significant contributor to Ireland’s economy in terms of employment and output and this significant step to secure their future growth and invest in their international strategy is to be strongly welcomed.”

Bord na Móna CEO, Mr Gabriel D’Arcy, welcoming the support from Enterprise Ireland stated:
“This is an important development for our company as we transition to a more sustainable company moving away from peat-based activities into operations centred on clean technology. It fits very well with our company strategy ‘A New Contract with Nature’. We appreciate the support and help of Enterprise Ireland. We have a long history of Innovation at Bord na Móna. We were the first company to build a wind farm in Ireland and Bord na Móna proprietary technology is used in more than 500 Clean Water and Clean Air installations across the globe from Osaka to Oslo. We want to work with the community in our area to achieve our goals and we intend to work with start up companies in these sectors in the region to help us reach out goals.”

CEO of Enterprise Ireland Frank Ryan added:
“Enterprise Ireland is delighted to support this significant R&D programme by Bord na Móna.  The strategy will help this important company to transition from a domestically focused traditional company into a significant internationally focussed, innovative business.   Its success will contribute to our broader aim of enhancing Ireland’s innovation profile and creating high-value jobs.”

For media queries please contact:

Press Office, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, +353 1 631 2200,press.office@djei.ie or

Conor Quinn, Special Advisor to Minister Bruton, +353 1 6312218, +00 35387 3743783, conor.quinn@deti.ie.

Michael Parker, Insight Consultants, +353 1 293 9977, +00 35386 853 0007.

Pat Sammon, Insight Consultants, +353 1 293 9977, +00 32386 198 7299.

Notes for Editors

The 20 jobs currently being recruited are skilled and graduate positions in business, science and IT.

The additional 91 jobs will be in R&D, engineering, science and business and will comprise graduate and skilled positions.

The R&D programmes will be focused on developing products and services in four areas:

  • Horticultural: developing organic fertiliser and growing media from waste materials and/or by-products
  • Environmental: Developing new clean area and clear water treatment solutions
  • Sustainable Energy Solutions:  Sustainable energy and carbon emission reduction
  • New and transition technologies for exploitation of bio-resources

The total value of this R&D programme is €6m, which represents a 50% increase in R&D spend over the previous three years and an intensification of its transformation effort.  91 new jobs will be created over the over the course of the 3-year programme.

Also today, Bord na Mona announced a new strategy to collaborate with and mentor start-ups and SMEs in the region and the recent appointment of an outreach development manager.

ENDS

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