An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, today (Monday) announced 250 new jobs are being created at Veritas Ireland in Ballycoolin. The Taoiseach made the announcement as part of a series of engagements in the Dublin West constituency this morning, which also included a visit to St Brigid’s National School in Castleknock and the launch of a new initiative to get more people walking, as part of Healthy Ireland, in the National Sports Campus.
The announcement of 250 new jobs is the latest stage of Veritas’ ongoing development at Ballycollin Business Park. The company specialises in cloud data management and has recently invested €30 million in its Ballycoolin facility.
Speaking at Veritas the Taoiseach said: “This is excellent news for Balylcoolin and I am really pleased to hear that of the new jobs Veritas Ireland are creating, 110 will be research positions offering opportunities to new graduates over the next three years. This is a great development for both Veritas and for Ireland and will offer so many young professionals experience in working with a dynamic global company.
“These are exactly the type of high quality, rewarding jobs that we need to create here in Ireland to support the Government’s focus on quality employment for our people. We have worked tirelessly to create the right conditions for high skilled companies like Veritas. As a committed member of the Eurozone, we have a highly-educated English-speaking population and a business friendly environment. In addition, Ireland offers a stable and competitive corporation tax system and strong incentives for research and development, which is bringing benefits to Dublin West.”
At St Brigid’s NS, the Taoiseach presented the students with awards under the Digital Schools of Distinction programme. Speaking about his visit the Taoiseach said: “These awards are given to primary schools that prioritise the integration of ICT in learning and teaching, which is so important for our young people. St Brigid’s will now be linked in with other schools which have received this Distinction, which will of great benefit to its students.”
At the National Sports Campus, the Taoiseach was joined by the Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State Catherine Byrne to launch a new campaign to Get Ireland Walking, a national project being supported by the Healthy Ireland Fund. It will see 100 new Active Community Walking Groups being delivered with 28 Local Sports Partnerships across the country, as well as training for new walking leaders in a range of rural and urban communities.
Speaking about the initiative the Taoiseach said: “Creating a healthier Ireland is a priority for my Government. With targeted investment we can help people, families and communities to look after their own health and wellbeing. We are supporting the three core areas of physical activity, preventing obesity, and creating a tobacco-free society. By working with schools, communities and State bodies like libraries, we are joining the dots to ensure that the benefits of Healthy Ireland are felt at local level. Walking is a great way to stay healthy; it’s good for your physical health, your mental health and best of all it’s free.”