• An American telecommunications services company is to create 200 new jobs in Waterford and Sligo over the next three years.

    Backed by IDA Ireland, the development by Allstate Sales Group (ASG) Inc will be the company's first operation outside of the USA since it was founded in 2008.

    ASG announced the news this evening at the IDA business park in Waterford city and simultaneously in Sligo.

    It will establish a presence at WorkLab Waterford and the IT Sligo Campus Innovation Centre during the Irish start-up phase, while it is looking for permanent office space in both locations, with 100 jobs to be provided in each base.

  • The Executive Director of IDA Ireland says there are investments in the financial services sector coming to Ireland as a direct result of Brexit.

    Mary Buckley says the IDA has won about 50 investments through Brexit which has the potential to create over four thousand jobs.

    Notably, 58% of employment in IDA companies was outside of Dublin in 2018, which is the highest number of people employed by IDA clients in the history of the organisation.

    The IDA was in Castlebar yesterday for the announcement of 150 new jobs for the region in the establishment of a new manufacturing facility.

    Speaking to Midwest Radio News, Ms. Buckley says the regions outside of Dublin are doing well as a result of foreign direct investment and employment.

  • Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader and TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has accused the government of having no ambition for indigenous enterprise in County Mayo. 

    The Ballina TD’s comments comes on foot of two recent government announcements – one for regional enterprise development funds totalling €29 million and another for the Government Disruptive Technology Fund totalling €75 million – in which Mayo applicants were overlooked.

    Deputy Calleary say that despite being home to many excellent local and multinational companies, we are falling way behind in terms of investment. 

     He says only 23 out of a total of 3,289 IDA Ireland client visits undertaken between 2011 and 2017 were to Co. Mayo and we have not attracted a new IDA Ireland supported company in a number of years.

  • The IDA have today confirmed that they will proceed shortly with a planning application for Phase 1 infrastructure for the 11 hectare Technology Park on the Sligo Road in Ballina.

    Local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says she has been arguing the case for the construction of an IDA Advance Technology Building following on from the identification of important part played by such a building being available to Meissner in Castlebar, who recently announced 150 jobs.

    Senator Mulherin says there is welcome progress for a Business and Technology Park in Ballina following today’s meeting with the IDA.

    She says the idea is to develop a master plan for the creation of a business and technology park on the site and to build roads and bring services like broadband, power and water onto the sire.

    She believes this is a first step in the right direction.

  • The IDA says the outlook for the next 24 months looks very challenging. 

    132 investments have been won for far this year with the combined employment potential of 9600. 

    53 were new investors and 44 expansions from existing companies.

    Almost half of the projects won were for regional locations.

    The agency says existing foreign direct investment is resilient but not immune to the impact of the pandemic and that flows of investment continue but at a slower rate. 

  • The construction of an advanced technology building in Ballina would make the region a more attractive option for multi-national companies looking to establish in Ireland.

    That's according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin who raised the matter in the Seanad yesterday with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys.

    Following the recent announcement that US company Meissner is to create 150 jobs at the IDA advanced technology building in Castlebar, Senator Mulherin believes a similar facility is needed in Ballina to allow the IDA to sell the area to multi-national companies.

    Minister Humphreys has agreed to speak with the IDA about the issue, and Senator Mulherin says she will be meeting with the agency also to push the case for an advanced technology building for Ballina...

  • The latest figures on IDA site visits reveal a stark divide between rural and urban areas when it comes to Foreign Direct Investment.

    That's according to the Fianna Fail Deputy Leader Dara Calleary, who says the latest figures show only 7 visits to Mayo so far this year, compared to over 200 site visits in Dublin.

    Client companies were brought on 42 site visits to Galway since the start of the year, compared to just 2 visits to Roscommon.

    Mayo TD Dara Calleary says that, despite the Government's claim that quality jobs are being created right across the country, the reality is very different.

  • IDA Ireland has launched ‘Invest in Mayo’, the latest phase of its digital marketing initiative for attracting inward investment by highlighting the specific attributes of individual regional urban centres.

    ‘Invest in Mayo’ is an interactive experience designed for use on tablet, smartphone and PC.

    The launch took place today at IDA Ireland’s newly completed Advance Technology Building (ATB) in Castlebar.

    Information on location, education, lifestyle and existing IDA client companies and indigenous companies is provided on the website through rich images, video and text which will be continuously updated.  It will allow IDA executives to showcase Mayo in face-to-face client meetings.  

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring today officially launch the Invest in Mayo initiative and Advance Technology building in Castlebar.

  • E-commerce and technology leader, Inc. has announced plans to expand its European base in Sligo, creating 100 new research and development roles and more than tripling the office’s current headcount.
    The new full-time positions will include junior and senior roles in areas such as software development and testing, machine learning, and data analytics.
    Overstock, which was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Utah, features a $2 billion online retail shopping website, as well as a wholly-owned blockchain accelerator subsidiary, Medici Ventures. The company has pioneered the development of disruptive technologies across several disciplines including e-commerce, machine learning, augmented reality, and blockchain.
    Overstock established its Sligo office in 2013, and the facility currently employs 40 technologists. The location on the Wild Atlantic Way was selected for the burgeoning tech community, easy access to outdoor activities, affordable cost of living, and easy commuting times, especially when compared to other centres such as Dublin.
    Overstock offers its employees’ opportunities for both career progression and continuous learning. The company was recently recognized as one of the best companies in the areas of work-life balance, perks and benefits, and as one of the best CEOs for diversity.
    Qualified individuals interested in learning more about the technology openings at the Sligo office of, can meet the company at Tech on the Wild Atlantic Waypresented by Career Zoo, on Friday, October 12 at The Model in Sligo. A dedicated train will bring interested technologists from Dublin to Sligo for the conference.