Capital plan by Limerick Chamber to bring more staff to region

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Dublin bid: Limerick Chamber chief executive Dr James Ring

Dublin bid: Limerick Chamber chief executive Dr James Ring

SOME of the city’s leading employers are set to join the Limerick Chamber on a mission to bring staff to the region from Dublin.

With thousands of IDA jobs announced over the last year, Chamber chief executive Dr James Ring has confirmed the organisation is to hold a recruitment event in the capital in the new year – with the aim of bringing workers to the Mid-West.

“The plan is to have a number of our companies come to Dublin, and show people the job opportunities there are in Limerick and the Mid-West in general. Instead of taking off each other, let’s go and take them from Dublin,” Dr Ring told the Limerick Leader. 

“We have a nice chain of talent here in Limerick but it’s a merry-go-round, and people are taking off each other. That’s not a good place to be,” said the Chamber boss.

The Chamber head also hopes that people working in Dublin might consider coming home too.

The plan has been supported by Graham Burns, the regional manager of recruitment agency CPL and Fine Gael’s Seanad business spokesperson Kieran O’Donnell, who thinks similar events could even take place overseas to attract people to the Mid-West.

“It’s a great initiative,” Mr O’Donnell said.

“Brand Limerick is exceptionally strong. We’ve always had a strong positive message in that we have a pipeline of jobs coming to Limerick in existing companies an those in the future. What Limerick provides as well as being a great place to live, we are on the cusp of something great here.”

Mr Burns said his company is already experiencing a high number of people returning to the county from elsewhere.

“They’re maybe from this part of the world initially. They’ve perhaps been to UL, got their degree, moved through a graduate programme and spent their seven years away. But we are seeing a significant trend with them returning,” he said.

“There is one thing to market Limerick jobs to Limerick people. But marketing Limerick jobs to Dublin people is a different thing entirely. I would totally support this kind of initiative to really put jobs in Limerick and the Mid-West on a much firmer footing,” Mr Burns added.

The latest IDA-backed jobs boost saw a further 300 positions added at bio pharmaceutical firm Regeneron in Raheen last month.