Monday January 27, 2020

Irish Jobs: The week indigenous Ireland Inc fought back

The jobs announcements by Paddy Power and Kerry Group highlight the important role indigenous companies have to play in the country's economic recovery, writes Ian Kehoe.

13th October, 2012
Enda Kenny announces the creation of 800 jobs at Paddy Power last week.

The charm offensive might just be working. Within days of Time magazine lauding a so-called 'Celtic comeback', two of Ireland's most significant home-grown companies were announcing plans to create more than 1,500 high-value jobs.

Paddy Power and Kerry Group could have taken their good tidings elsewhere. Both are publicly-traded companies, listed on the stock markets - their loyalty is to shareholders, not the country of their origin. But, as a succession of government ministers made clear...

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