A Press Release on 29 January 2016 from the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources noted the creation of an additional 42 new jobs by Geoscience Ireland member companies in the six months ended 31 December 2015.
Minister for Natural Resources Joe McHugh TD said in the Press Release
“The member companies of Geoscience Ireland continue to surpass their job creation targets, providing well paid and sustainable jobs for designers, surveyors, scientists, engineers and highly skilled trades across a range of sectors.
This continued success aligns well with the Action Plan for Jobs for 2016 recently published by government. The Geoscience Ireland initiative is an excellent example of cooperation between a number of state agencies and departments, the private sector and applied research. The creation of an integrated Geoscience Enterprise and Innovation Hub is now a realistic concept which my Department will continue to support and foster.
The GI Network aligns closely with the National Clustering Initiative as outlined in the Action Plan for Jobs, which supports enterprise-led initiatives to build world-class clusters in key sectors, such as agri-food, engineering, ICT and life sciences, and will support clusters of scale that can drive innovation, collaboration, productivity and resilience. The clustering approach will invite industry, research institutions and other relevant stakeholders to collaboratively engage in identifying challenges and developing solutions.
The job creation by Geoscience Ireland companies has a strong regional footprint, as over 40% of GI members are based outside Dublin. The GI network now totals 26 companies, has added two new companies in January, bringing the total number employed to over 1,600.”
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