Niall Quinn kickstarts IT’s Happening Here

Campaign to fill 1,500 vacancies in Irish-ownedsoftware companies

Niall Quinn is pictured with some of the 600 Irish-owned software companies promoting the new IT's Happening Here initiative
Niall Quinn is pictured with some of the 600 Irish-owned software companies promoting the new IT's Happening Here initiative.

Footballer turned entrepreneur, Niall Quinn, today (Wednesday 12 September 2012) launched the IT’s Happening Here initiative to promote career opportunities in the Irish-owned software sector, where around 1,500 vacancies are waiting to be filled. IT’s Happening Here is targeting software professionals both at home and overseas and offers creative, dynamic positions with multiple responsibilities in Ireland’s home-grown software industry.

The campaign is centred around the new website ( where Irish owned software companies can post their jobs. An aggressive marketing campaign, across social media in particular, is now underway to drive potential applicants to this site and help fill the 1,500 vacancies in these companies. 

IT’s Happening Here, an industry-led initiative of the Irish-owned software industry supported by Enterprise Ireland, will also make its debut at the Career Zoo recruitment event, on Saturday 22 September.  A selected 16 of the 600 Irish owned software companies will participate on the IT’s Happening Here stand at in the convention centre in Dublin.

Niall Quinn, whose company Q Sat will soon be looking for technically gifted professionals said:

‘The Irish have always been a creative people and our IT industry is a demonstration of this creativity. The Irish owned software industry is leading edge, innovative and dynamic and contributes significantly to both our economy and our culture. We are looking to attract the very best talent from graduate to director level to keep us at the top of our game.’

Jarlath Dooley, chair of the industry working group behind IT’s Happening Here and HR Director in Version 1 adds:

‘There are currently 1500 open vacancies in this industry. These roles offer exciting opportunities to really contribute, have your voice heard and your ideas implemented. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: “we dream things that never were and ask why not?’

Welcoming the initiative, Jennifer Condon, Manager of Software Division at Enterprise Ireland said:

‘Finding IT talent is currently the single biggest challenge for our software companies. Strongly focused on exports the Irish owned software industry is one of our fastest growing indigenous industries delivering double digit growth in exports every year. It is crucial that we attract talent to the industry to ensure continued growth at this level.’

Director at Career Zoo, Brian Ó hOisín said:
‘We’re delighted that IT’s Happening Here is promoting its campaign at Career Zoo. It’s a fantastic initiative and this is a unique opportunity for candidates to talk directly to some really exciting and innovative Irish software companies that will be actively hiring on the day. We would encourage people to come down and bring copies of their CV’.


For more information contact:

Eileen Banks
Enterprise Ireland,
Press Officer

Eileen Banks
 01 7272805
087 2445814

Photos available from Enterprise Ireland, as above.


Notes to Editor:

About IT’s Happening Here

IT’s Happening Here is an umbrella brand for the Irish owned software industry. This sector employs over 8000 people in 600 companies, delivers revenue of €1.5b, over 70% of which is generated from exports. The current campaign is focused on recruiting for 1500 open vacancies in these companies. The vacancies are from graduate to director level and offer a unique working experience in a highly innovative environment of world class knowledge, creativity, diversity, and responsibility.  IT’s Happening Here is supported by Enterprise Ireland.


About Q Sat

Q Sat launched in the middle of last year and the response has been overwhelming. A real and genuine broadband option is available to all customers wherever they live.  This broadband is provided through a satellite service using a totally new type of technology. It is the first of this type of broadband satellite to be launched in Europe. No other supplier of satellite broadband in Ireland has access to this advanced satellite. Q Sat like to describe it as being the difference between FM and Medium Wave.

About Career Zoo
Career Zoo is Ireland’s biggest careers event aimed at hiring qualified professionals and graduates for jobs in Ireland. Over 100 Irish and international organisations will be offering in the region of 4,000 jobs and showcasing courses and upskilling opportunities at the massive one-day event. Experts will also offer advice on career development and how to upskill into growth sectors. Other activities include a ‘Tech Box’ where attendees can learn more about Ireland’s fastest growing sector, IT, and a career clinic where job seekers can go for advice and help. This is the fourth Career Zoo event with the last event attracting over 10,000 visitors last February. Admission is completely free of charge and attendees can register online at


Jim Cuddy
Department ManagerEnterprise Software Department
Enterprise Ireland

Jim Cuddy
087 2995759

Chair of Industry Working Group
IT’s Happening Here
Jarlath Dooley
HR Director
Version 1

Jarlath Dooley
087 9483570

Brian Ó hOisín
Career Zoo 
01 454 6042
087 2100 773