Belfast Telegraph

Kenny announces IARB jobs boost

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced 40 new jobs in his home county.

The Lafferty Group, a London-based banking education, research and publishing company, plans to base some of its business in Westport, Co Mayo.

The firm was established more than 30 years ago by Roscommon native, Michael Lafferty.

Mr Kenny said the jobs, which will be created over the next three years, was great news for Mayo and the western region.

"The region offers excellent opportunities to companies locating here," he said. "Our talented and flexible workforce, which is of particular interest to service providers, is one of the many strengths that makes Ireland's offering unique."

The Lafferty Group's Westport activities will include the research and content division of the International Academy of Retail Banking (IARB), which it rolled out internationally last year.

Mr Lafferty said the academy has been designed by an international group of senior retail bankers to provide professional education programmes and examinations for the retail banking sector as well as acting as an international professional body for retail bankers.

"Specialist retail banking education is not provided anywhere in the world - despite the fact that retail banking is the main source of bank profits," he added.

"The IARB has been created in the belief that retail banking should be a profession, like accountancy and law and offers similar professional education programmes and examinations."

The move was supported by the IDA Ireland.

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