Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Kenny meeting inspired Xtralis move

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks at an event to announce that Xtralis is establishing its international operating headquarters in Dublin

A world-leading safety and security firm is to create 50 jobs after moving its headquarters to Dublin on the back of a speech by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Xtralis, one of the largest providers of smoke detectors and video surveillance equipment, has customers in more than 100 countries and focuses on smoke detection, traffic monitoring and video surveillance products.

Company chief executive Samir Samhouri said the move came about as a result of a meeting with Mr Kenny last year.

"Our company was at a final stage in determining its preferred location for its headquarters when I met the Taoiseach at a reception during his official visit to Boston last February," said Mr Samhouri.

"I was very impressed with his commitment to making Ireland the best small country in the world to do business. It convinced me that we had to look at Ireland and it quickly became clear that the country had much to offer as a location."

At the launch of the new headquarters, Mr Kenny put the investment boost down to Ireland's pro-business environment and talented workforce.

"Xtralis is a company which has put research and development at the core of its business and has the potential to further grow its operations in Ireland," he said.

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