• 20 new jobs have been created with the opening of a new Aldi store in Ballinrobe today.Featuring Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh layout and design, the new store boasts a large shop floor spanning 987m², 71 free car parking spaces, wide aisles and hi-spec fixtures and fittings.

    The new Ballinrobe store is Aldi’s third store in Co. Mayo. Aldi now has a total of 133 stores in Ireland, with the other locations being Castlebar and Claremorris.

    The new store is part of Aldi’s €160m investment in its Irish store network. Aldi has committed €100m to constructing and opening 20 new stores by the end of 2019, while Project Fresh sees Aldi invest a further €60m in revamping the layout and design of all its 133 stores nationwide.

  • 22 jobs will be created when the Nephin Whiskey distillery is up and running in the village of Laherdane.

    The company is hoping to start production early next year, after drawing down €2.5 million from the Davy EIIS Fund - a joint venture between Davy Stockbrokers and  corporate advisory firm BDO, which invests in Irish businesses.

    The funding will allow Nephin Whiskey to complete the distillery being constructed in Laherdane, and its hoped the whiskey will go into production early in 2020.

    The company was founded by husband and wife team Dr Paul and Jude Davis and Mark Quick - an electronic engineer originally from Attymass.

  • Allergan is to invest €65m in its Irish operations and will add 63 jobs to its plant in Westport.

    Local Minister Michael Ring told Midwest News this morning that it’s great news for the county, and added that Allergan has been a wonderful employer in Westport for forty years now.

     Allergan has four plants in Ireland - two in Dublin, one in Mayo and one in Galway. 

    Today's jobs announcement will bring its employee numbers in Ireland above 2,100.

    The €65m funding will also see the company invest at its Clonshaugh facility in Dublin, which includes two manufacturing facilities and the company's head office.

    The Westport campus is the largest and most complex in the company's global network. 

    It includes a pharmaceuticals facility, two biologics plants and is also responsible for the global supply of Botox. 

    Minister Ring says the news is today warmly welcomed in Westport.


  • There is good news for Galway on the jobs front with 75 new posts announced this morning.

    Quidel Corporation, which makes medical diagnostic equipment, is establishing a Business Centre in the city.

    The international company already employs approximately 1,200 people across the world.

    Quidel is currently recruiting professionals for its Galway operation in areas including Finance, Human Resources, Customer Service, and Technical Support.


    Aldi Ireland today announced that it is seeking to recruit 18 new employees for its stores in Counties Mayo and Sligo. Opportunities available include 16 permanent positions.

     The supermarket chain is recruiting more than 1,050 new store employees across the country throughout 2021, which include 700 permanent positions and 350 temporary jobs to support busy key trading periods.

     The creation of the new jobs comes as Aldi continues to grow its store network across the country. Currently operating five stores in Counties Mayo and Sligo, Aldi has submitted a planning application for a new store in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo as part of its ambitious store opening programme.

    Niall O’Connor, Group Managing Director Aldi Ireland says the company  witnessed a surge in sales and customer footfall in the last 12 months, with sales growing by 15% and with over 1.4 million households shopping at its stores..

    "Aldi  is Ireland’s leading supermarket in terms of pay with Store Assistants able to earn up to €14.10 per hour.  It was the first supermarket to introduce The Living Wage Technical Group’s recommended Living Wage rate of €12.30 as its minimum, entry level of pay"

    The supermarket chain will be hiring managers, assistant managers and store assistants, for shops across the country.






  • 40 new jobs are being announced this morning for Carrick-on-Shannon and Dublin.

    The new positions are with the County Leitrim based lender Avantcard following a new partnership announced last year with An Post.

    The announcement of these new jobs comes on the back of an additional 58 people joining the Avantcard workforce over the last eighteen months.

    The financial services company currently employs 220 people here and the new positions will be divided between its headquarters in Carrick-on-Shannon and a satellite office in Dublin.

    The positions include customer-facing roles, roles supporting the new An Post partnership announced last year, and a number of specialist roles to support planned business growth for the future.

    Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys says today's announcement marks a great day for Carrick-on-Shannon and represents a huge vote of confidence in the local workforce and added that its living proof you don't have to be based in a big city to make a big impact.

  • Bus Eireann has announced a recruitment campaign to hire almost 200 people for jobs around the country.

    This includes 190 drivers and additional mechanic roles to service the ongoing expansion of the national network.

    The jobs will be in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Mayo, Waterford, Wicklow, Navan, Drogheda, Limerick and west Clare.

  • Bus Eireann is to hire thirty people in Galway and eight in Mayo, under a new recruitment plan announced by the company today.


    Over 200 people will be hired nationwide, as the company recruits additional drivers and mechanics to service the ongoing expansion of the national network.


    The jobs will be in Mayo, Galway, Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Wicklow, Navan, Deogheda, Limerick and west Clare.


    In Mayo Bus Eireann is looking at bringing in some additional services on Route 52 under the PSO – that’s the Ballina-Westport-Galway route and faster journey times.


    In Galway there will be increased services on Route 404 and Route 409.

  • Coca-Cola has today announced that it is proposing the transfer of production from its Athy International Concentrates plant in Co Kildare, to the high capacity facility at Ballina Beverages in Co Mayo.

    This follows a review of concentrate manufacturing by the company.

    In a statement to Midwest News, Coca-Cola says existing and future demand for concentrate and beverage base supply from Ireland to its global customers can be met by the Ballina plant. As a result it is proposed that Athy International Concentrates will close on a phased basis from September 2018 to December 2019.

    The closure will result in the loss of 82 direct jobs, with 43 of the roles transferring to the Ballina plant. Employees from Athy would have the option to transfer. Coca-Cola will commence a period of consultation with employee representatives at the Athy plant.

    The statement says that if the transfer goes ahead and the Athy plant closes, in addition to the redundancy package, the company will be providing supports including financial advice, job search and re-training for the employees affected.

    Midwest News did ask for a spokesperson but were told there wasn’t anyone available this evening.

  • eir has announced the creation of 750 new jobs.

    The roles at the telecoms company will be based in Sligo, Cork and Limerick.

    The roles will be mainly in customer service and are part of eir's overall programme to bring all customer-facing functions back in-house.

    350 of the positions will be at the company's new state of the art facility at Rathedmond in Sligo town, with the remainder in their regional locations in Cork and Limerick.

    eir says they're committed to investing in Ireland, from providing quality jobs as well as high-speed broadband.

    They added that by June 2019 they hope to have connected 330 thousand rural premises, through a self-funded 250 million euro rural investment fund.


  • EML Payments Limited today announced it is expanding its operation in Galway with the establishment of a Technology & Innovation Hub in Galway, employing 20 people.

    The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

    The Australian company provides prepaid payment services in Australia, Europe and North America, issuing mobile, virtual and physical card solutions for pay-outs, gifts, incentives and rewards as well as supplier payments. The company has an established sales and marketing operation in Wicklow.

    EML also offers supplier enablement, payment execution, programme management and other services.

    Minister Heather Humphreys, who is undertaking a trade and investment mission in Australia at present, welcomed the announcement, saying “This expansion is a great vote of confidence in Galway and, in particular, the highly skilled local workforce.


  • 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.

  • 100 new jobs are being created by a catering company which is opening two new restaurants.

    Gourmet Food Parlour has announced plans to open outlets in Skerries in County Dublin and Salthill in Galway.

    The group, which already employs more than 240 people, will be looking to fill positions including head chefs, front of house staff and event specialists.

  • Job hunters can try and clinch a job in Galway today.

    Jobs Expo Galway is taking place in the Salthill Hotel from 10 o'clock this morning.

    A lot of the jobs on offer will be in the stem sector, retail industry and IT.

    Careers Unlimited General Manager Bronagh Cotter is advising candidates to come prepared:

  • Local Enterprise Offices across the country are now supporting over 36,000 jobs and over 7,100 small businesses.

    That's according to the latest figures for 2018, announced by Minister Heather Humphreys.

    This is the 5th year of employment growth for the Local Enterprise Offices, with 3,656 net jobs created last year.

    The Local Enterprise Office in Mayo saw a net increase of 130 jobs in 2018, and now supports 1,224 jobs in 234 client companies.

    An additional 80 jobs were created by companies supported by the Roscommon Local Enterprise Office.

    There are 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, operated by Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities, and they provide training, mentoring and financial assistance for entrepreneurs and small businesses who want to start, develop or grow their company.

  • It's hoped some of staff in the Irish Ardcadia stores that are to close will be redeployed.

    It was confirmed yesterday that 23 outlets across Britain and Ireland are to shut, as part of a restructuring arrangement.

    Up to 100 staff in six Irish stores, including four in Dublin, face redundancy. One of the stores due to be impacted is Miss Selfridge in Galway.

    But the Mandate trade union will meet Arcadia tomorrow to see if some can be deployed to other stores within the group, such as Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins.

  • Two out of every five Irish jobs are at high risk of being replaced by machines.

    A new UCC report has examined which towns are most of risk of automation.

    If you work in Edgeworthstown in Co Longford, Ballyjamesduff in Cavan or Carrick-On-Suir Co Tipperary then you're most at risk of being replaced by a machine.

    Office jobs, admin postions, process plant operators as well as jobs in agriculture are the most at risk of automation.

    In order to figure out which towns were most likely to be taken over by robots, University College Cork looked at population, education levels, age demographics and the types of jobs that are in the area.

    Jobs in education, the arts, media, culture related positions, social care and research and development were least likely to be affected.

    The towns that are least at risk are Bearna in Co. Galway, Strandhill in Sligo and Malahide in Dublin


    The number of job vacancies across the country has risen by 4% year-on-year.

    23 of the 26 counties in the Republic experience growth in Quarter 3 of 2018, according to's new report.

    The number of posts available in Waterford rose by 27%, Sligo by 15% and Kilkenny has increased by 10%.

  • Over 100 companies will be offering careers advice and job opportunities at IT Sligo’s  Careers Fair next Wednesday the 17th of October.

    Abbott, AbbVie, Amazon and Ericsson are just some of the large multi-nationals in attendance. 

    The event, which will run in the main campus building, will cover a range of industry sectors including Engineering, Computing, Digital Technology, Accounting and Science.  They will also include local companies - both large and small- across many sectors.

    The Careers Fair is of particular interest to students and graduates, but is also open to the public.. 

    IT Sligo’s Careers Fair is on Wednesday 17th October, from 11am to 3pm.

  • 350 new jobs are being promised over the next five years by an Irish-owned pharmaceutical company.

    The Chanelle Group is building a new facility in Loughrea, Co. Galway to make parasite treatments for pets.

    In total it says it plans to invest over 86 million Euro in its Irish operations.