More local jobs announced

Dundalk FC may have suffered a setback on Friday night at Inchicore, but at least there was better news earlier in the day for the Town when

Dundalk FC may have suffered a setback on Friday night at Inchicore, but at least there was better news earlier in the day for the Town when

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived at National Pen to announce 200 new jobs for Dundalk.

The global headquarters of National Pen is in the Xerox Technology Park which ten years ago was an industrial white elephant.

Now, in the middle of the worst recession in years, this company, which has been in the town for 25 years, has announced a major expansion.

It follows on the arrival of PayPal to the same base.

National Pen produces customised stationery products and its Dundalk operation serves 19 countries.

The company will double its workforce by creating the 200 new jobs between now and 2017.

By then the country will be out of the bailout, hopefully.

The Taoiseach said the economy growth figures announced the previous day were very encouraging, and the jobs announcement by National Pen a vote of confidence in Louth and Dundalk.

He pointed out that Louth has 23 IDA Ireland clients operating within its small area, the largest in the country.

“This decision by National Pen to expand its operation is another vote of confidence in Dundalk,” Mr Kenny said.

He was accompanied by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, who welcomed the reconstruction of the old shopping centre as a sign that the construction industry here is also on the move. A good sign all round.