THE Louth Economic Forum has welcomed the announcement of 450 new jobs to be created by eBay Inc in addition to jobs previously announced by PayPal at the Customer Service centre of its Dundalk facility.
“We are absolutely delighted that eBay is bringing 450 high quality new jobs to Dundalk and Louth,” said Louth Economic Forum chairperson Padraic White.
“Already PayPal has clearly demonstrated what can be done here in a remarkably short space of time.
“Louth is without a doubt proving itself to be a superb location for global industry leaders, and it’s a reputation which I hope we will continue to develop and build upon.
“To have eBay, the world’s leading provider of online marketplace services, reinforce its commitment to Dundalk is an example of just how much we have to offer as a location for international business.”
Michael Curran, Director of Cross-Border and Economic Development with Louth Local Authorities, also welcomed what he described as “the phenomenally good news for the town and region”.
“Today’s announcement of 450 jobs is a clear indication that a combined effort between international industry and local bodies such as the Louth Economic Forum can produce very significant results.
“We hope that eBay’s choice of Dundalk for this investment will encourage other leaders in international markets to follow its example and chose Louth as an ideal location in which to do business,” he said.
Since the establishment of the Louth Economic Forum foreign investment in Louth has jumped from from 4.1 to 8.8 per cent, a figure which cannot be rivalled anywhere else in Ireland with job creation figures on schedule to reach 3,000 in five years.
According to an external review the Louth Economic Forum has been instrumental in securing investment in Louth from PayPal, Prometric, Warner Chilcott and Coca Cola.
The forum was set up by former county manager Conn Murray and is ahead of target on job creation.
It was instrumental in getting the 1,000 Paypal jobs to Dundalk.
No other county in Ireland has reached anything like this.
The forum set out on a 10 point economic plan for the county of Louth.
Five of these plans are already up and running: Foreign Direct nvestment; Sustainable Energy; Indigenous Industry; Tourism and Heritage; Education; Agriculture is next on the list.