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.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived to announce 200 new jobs for Dundalk at the global headquarters of National Pen in the Xerox Technology Park.
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 should be out of the bailout and 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 said 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, “and these 200 permanent jobs, created over five years, will add to the 3,000 new jobs being created by the private sector every month through the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.”
Mr Kenny was accompanied by Mr Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, enterprise and Innovation. Also Ms Joan Burton Minister for Social Protection.
Minister Bruton said National Pen has forged new markets during the recession and this is what the Government’s Action Plan for growth is all about. He said 90 per cent of growth in our trade will have to come in futrue from outside the EU. Minister Burton also welcomed the announcement.