A GAGGLE of local politicians were on hand to celebrate the opening of the new Ebay/Paypal operation, in what everyone agreed was a great day for Dundalk.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Senator Jim D’Arcy quipped that in many ways he lead the way for Paypal and Ebay to set up. “I used to gather onions in these fields as a 14-year-old back in the 1968, which could be viewed as forerunner to this great day.”
TD Peter Fitzpatrick said “This is a fantastic day for Dundalk. I just speaking to Denis Cummins and he is adamant that DkIT will do everything to produce workers for this site. DkIT are here to service Paypal. We have the expertise here.
“I’ve also spoken with An Taoiseach about the unemployment problem here in Dundalk, where as many of 25 per cent of people are unemployed. We know what the problems are here,” concluded Deputy Fitzpatrick.
Dundalk Town Councillor Eamon O’Boyle echoed the sentiments of his political colleagues: “It’s a great day for Dundalk, and it is hopefully a sign of more things of this ilk to come. It’s also proves that we can produce a workforce for highend employers right here.”
“It’s a super day for Dundalk,” said Cllr Sean Bellew. “It just shows that Dundalk isa great town to do business in.”
Last year, Paypal announced it would create 1,000 jobs at the new international operations centre, and then in February, eBay said it would add 450 more.
Since then the companies have filled nearly a third of the vacancies, with the remainder to be in place by 2015.