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Bord na Mona to create 91 jobs

State-run Bord na Mona is to create 91 jobs over the next three years.

The positions, which will be at the company's headquarters in Newbridge, Co Kildare, are part of a six million euro investment.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabitte unveiled the plans.

"If we are to rebuild the economy and create the jobs we so badly need, we must create an indigenous engine of growth," said Mr Bruton.

"A key part of my plan to support indigenous business and create sustainable jobs is picking winners - we must target supports at the sectors where we have advantages and the companies with potential in order to create high-growth indigenous businesses which will drive future growth."

The new jobs - in research and development, engineering, science and business - will be aimed at graduates and skilled workers.

Bord na Mona also unveiled plans to mentor new small and medium-sized businesses in the Midlands region and recently announced a separate recruitment drive for 20 hi-tech positions, which are expected to be filled by March.

"Today's announcement is about providing concrete supports to a large, successful state company to create real, high-end jobs in the sector," Mr Bruton went on. "If we are ambitious and if we act decisively I believe that we can create large numbers of jobs in this sector and I am determined to see that through."

The six million euro investment, which represents a 50% increase in research and development spend over the last three years, is supported by Government agency Enterprise Ireland.

The aim is to boost Bord na Mona's innovation sectors, which include clean technology, carbon reduction and growing media.

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