Belfast Telegraph

Concrete firm to create 41 jobs

A concrete-manufacturing firm in Westmeath has announced the creation of 41 jobs.

Shay Murtagh Precast Ltd will also invest three million euro into new technology for the Mullingar business, which makes precast concrete tunnel segments for the construction industry.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said export-focused companies like Shay Murtagh were central to the Government's jobs and growth strategy.

"Manufacturing must be a particular focus as we seek to create the jobs we need, and last week we announced the establishment of a manufacturing development forum which will report back within six months on specific measures which we can take to develop this sector," said Mr Bruton.

The minister said it was also good news for Mullingar and the surrounding area.

"Through continued implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs, I am determined to ensure that we can see more announcements like this around the country over the coming years," he added.

Shay Murtagh managing director Ciaran Murtagh credited Government development agency Enterprise Ireland for supporting the expansion. He said 75 positions at the firm have also been secured - as well as the creation of 41 positions.

"We have invested a lot of energy in a strategic and focused expansion into the UK infrastructure market," Mr Murtagh said.

"This solid expansion plan has provided our company with a platform for the future and we look forward to continued support from Enterprise Ireland in our ongoing pursuit of new and exciting opportunities."

The Government hopes to help create a total of 100,000 jobs by 2016 as part of its Action Plan for Jobs.

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