'Terrific vote of confidence' as General Motors' Limerick plans are passed

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More jobs could be on track at General Motors in Limerick

General Motors rents office space in County Hall, Dooradoyle

LIMERICK councillors have this Monday sanctioned proposals which could see car giant General Motors double the number of people it employs in Limerick to 200.

The Detroit-based car manufacturer, which owns brands like Opel, Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet, currently rents office space at the local authority buildings near the Crescent Shopping Centre in Dooradoyle.

Since it set up in Limerick in 2013, it has ramped up its workforce to around 100 people working in logistics and technical support.

Metropolitan district councillors have unanimously backed a proposal to further increase the firm’s footprint at County Hall, in a move which sources indicate may bring a further 100 jobs.

Metropolitan mayor Cllr Michael Hourigan, who chaired the meeting, said: “It is a very positive note because Limerick, by these large companies, is perceived as a good place to come, perceived as a place where workers will have a good quality of life, and where workers can get reasonable accommodation at a reasonable price.”

It was proposed to lease the third floor in the council’s buildings to General Motors Ireland for a term of five years, with the firm having the option to extend for a further five years.

One of the world’s biggest companies, General Motors, which is in the middle of a recruitment drive in Limerick, will pay €145,242 per year in respect of rent, insurance and service charges.

Speaking at this morning’s council meeting – held in the Limerick City Gallery of Art – Cllr Daniel Butler added: “I would like to welcome this. It means more jobs, and it has to be welcomed. And it's a double-whammy because it means that we are getting revenue from General Motors."

Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville, however, raised concerns about parking availability for any new staff.

Labour councillor Joe Leddin said “we should do everything we can to facilitate them," adding he did not consider parking to be a "big issue". 

Kieran Lehane, council manager in Limerick’s metropolitan district said the move will encourage staff to spend more in the locality,  adding that it’s a "terrific vote of confidence". 

General Motors has more than 216,000 staff in 396 sites globally on its books.