Dell boss looks to growth in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Liam Halpin, Dell Ireland general manager, expects the firm's Raheen facility to grow - he is pictured here with Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan T.D and Cathriona Hallahan, managing director, Microsoft Ireland
ONE of Dell’s most senior figures in Ireland has indicated further jobs are on the way to its Raheen facility.

ONE of Dell’s most senior figures in Ireland has indicated further jobs are on the way to its Raheen facility.

Speaking this week, Liam Halpin, the new general manager at Dell, said he was targeting growth at the firm’s base in the Raheen industrial estate.

The Texas-based computer giant remains one of the biggest employers in the region, with more than 1,100 people working at its solutions centre.

It last grew its work force in Raheen with the addition of 100 staff in July 2011.

In the main, they develop software applications, solutions and provide support to Dell’s sites across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Asked if he expects to see further employment in Raheen this year, Mr Halpin said: “yes, but I would be unable to quantify or qualify that at this moment in time.”

He added: “In terms of the work done here in Limerick, it is high-value application work, and solutions design. We continue to expand our EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) footprint. As this is an EMEA plant, not just an Ireland facility, we see not just Dell Limerick, but Dell Ireland growing and growing as we embrace new technologies.”

Dell will be supplying 76 tablet computers at a meeting on Friday of Europe’s finance ministers.

Mr Halpin said Dell is not finding it difficult to compete against any of its rivals in the technology sector,

“When you look at Dell as a proposition for business class connectivity, you can see our devices are 17-times faster and 94% cheaper to deploy. They are also 85% cheaper to manage, and 99% faster to update and manage software. When it comes to large enterprises, be they public or private, we have a significant advantage over our competitors,” Mr Halpin concluded.

At its peak, Dell employed 5,000 people in Limerick.

But it cut two-thirds of its 3,000-strong work force thoughout 2009 when it announced it was shifting manufacturing of its computers to Lodz in Poland. Since then, it has been increasing its employment in research and development.