Port man does IDA’s work securing 50 jobs

A local man has succeded where a government agency has failed miserably by securing 50 jobs for his home town of Portarlington.

A local man has succeded where a government agency has failed miserably by securing 50 jobs for his home town of Portarlington.

Kieran Leavy flew out to Charlevoix in Michigan at a moments notice to ensure that the Magni group brought the jobs to Portarlington.

As a result, Mr Leavy, who runs the well known P&J security business will collect a “Finder’s Fee” cheque for €75,000, representing €1,500 per job created, from ConnectIreland – the IDA backed jobs initiative.

“I’m a proud Portarlington man and that’s why I did it. It means lots of parents will be happy to see their college educated children not having to emigrate now.,” Mr Leavy said.

“I didn’t get any money yet, but that wasn’t my incentive.”

Ted Berry of the Magni group spoke of the type of person his company would be looking to hire.

Mr Berry continued: “We will be hiring R&D chemists, people with master degress and PhD’s we need a very high level and sophisticated workforce and I know this is a very talented country.”

While the jobs will be on the Offaly side of port, Laois people are sure to benefit. The IDA have been criticised in recent years for not creating job s in Laois. They brought no new business to Laois last year, despite being told to up its game in the county by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton. Minister Bruton said Mr Berry had made a good decision to locate in Port.

“We will strain every nerve to make sure that your business will be crowned a success here.”

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was pleased the jobs were not for main stream places such as Dublin and Galway.