100 jobs created as Eir boosts high-speed broadband rollout
One hundred jobs are being created as Eir expands its rollout of high-speed fibre cables for broadband.
The company said the recruitment, through contractor KN Network Services over the next three months, is aimed at rural Ireland.
Positions will be available in a variety of skills including poling crews, cabling technicians and fibre splicers.
Eir, which unveiled the investment at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly, said 800 people are now working on the country's largest telecoms infrastructure programme.
The company said it was committed to recruiting 300 apprentices over the course of the broadband rollout and another recruitment drive for apprentice and engineering roles will be announced in the coming months.
Carolan Lennon, managing director at open eir, said it has spent almost 400 million euro on the rollout of high-speed fibre broadband.
"Not only is our partner KNNS playing a key role to ensure that we deliver our broadband solutions to communities right across the country as quickly as possible, they are doing so in a way that supports the local economy by recruiting staff from rural Ireland," she said.
"Eir has a proven track record in delivering quality broadband at scale, at pace and on schedule. No other operator is investing more in broadband rollout throughout the country."
Some 1.6 million homes and businesses have been given access to high-speed fibre broadband by Eir and it is committed to reaching another 300,000 rural premises before 2020.
Meanwhile, more than 100 jobs have been announced by I rish-owned engineering design company Biopharma Engineering and internet search engine Yroo.
In the first, 70 staff are to be taken on by Biopharma over the next three years in its Dublin and Cork bases.
Founded 10 years ago and with its headquarters in Cork, the company's clients include leading global pharmaceutical and bioscience manufacturers and it nows aims to expand in UK and EU markets.
And in the other announcement, Yroo is to expand its Irish operations with 33 jobs, also over the next three years.
It will use the Dublin offices to support customers in more than 35 countries across North and South America, Europe and Asia.