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Australia trip seals 10m euro deals

Contracts worth 10 million euro (£7.9 million) were secured during a trade mission to Australia, Ireland's Enterprise Minister has announced.

Twenty-six jobs were also created as part of the five-day trip to Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, said: "The openings for innovative Irish companies to increase their sales to Australia and New Zealand are real and tangible.

"There are also major opportunities for us to attract multinational investment to Ireland from this part of the world."

Australian-owned veterinary dental company iM3 has created 20 of the new jobs at its European headquarters in Stamullen, Co Meath.

A further six posts are being made available in Dublin where the aviation compliance specialist, ACS Consolidated Group Ltd has set up its European operations.

Thirty-two Irish companies travelled to Australia as part of the trade mission organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

There were more than 60 meetings with Australian companies targeting export and investment opportunities across the financial services, travel, telecommunications and IT for healthcare sectors. Key buyers from New Zealand were also invited to take part.

Mr Bruton added: "There is a growing awareness of Ireland's innovation and capabilities that was evident in every meeting I attended - people in government, multinational companies, business and the media are more aware of Ireland, more aware of the strengths we bring to the table, and very willing to do business with us."

There are currently more than 35 Australian companies located in Ireland, employing over 1,600 people.

John Conlon, head of Asia Pacific Operations at IDA Ireland, said: "IDA will continue to reach out to Australian companies to make them aware of the investment opportunities that exist in Ireland.

"The two companies that have announced their intentions to invest in Ireland, iM3 and ACS are typical of the sort of business that we want to attract."

Three Irish companies have also announced they are to open new offices in Sydney and Auckland in an effort to help create and sustain jobs in Ireland.

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