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Wednesday 13 December 2017

500 jobs on the way for Cork and Dublin

THERE was a jobs boost for both Dublin and Cork with almost 500 new jobs lined up.

In the capital software provider Sidetrade is taking on 90 skilled staff over the next few years. The firm provides companies with the opportunity to digitise their financial management.

Meanwhile, in Cork, 400 jobs were brought online with multi- million euro investments in a private hospital, a major hotel and a high-tech dairy plant.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny made the announcements in Cork yesterday.

The Mater Private Hospital created 150 new positions for doctors, nurses and specialist health professionals.

Agri-food giant Dairygold will create 115 new jobs, thanks to a €116m investment in new milk plants in Mallow and Mitchelstown.

And the Kingsley Hotel, damaged in the disastrous 2009 River Lee floods, created a further 130 jobs with a €13m investment.

Seamus Leahy, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Fota Collection, the group behind the Kingsley, said that they are exploring more options for expansion outside of Cork.

"The local community are hugely supportive and have strongly indicated that they missed the hotel since it closed in 2009," he said.

"The demand in the city for hotels is very strong and it will give customers greater choice and price competition.

"The family are exploring several opportunities to extend the Fota Collection further around Ireland and it is hoped that a number of other similar properties would be added in the coming months and years ahead across the country."

The group has recently introduced a tour operator to target growth in Chinese visitors to Cork and Ireland.

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