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Oracle acquires Netsure Telecom

6 September 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Oracle acquires Netsure Telecom

Oracle Corp. ( has agreed to acquire Netsure Telecom Ltd. (, a provider of network intelligence and network data integrity software. Netsure is a private company based in Dublin, who make software that helps ensure the smooth operation of networks. Its main software is the Active Network Optimisation product suite. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Oracle expects the deal to be finalized later this month.

Oracle in Ireland

Oracle’s press release can be seen here

Netsure’s solutions are product based, and support open standards. Netsure’s product capabilities combined with Oracle’s network inventory, provisioning, and financial asset management applications, are expected to enable service providers to improve proactive network planning, modeling and optimization, reducing operational costs and increasing the utilization and efficiency of both leased and owned network capacity.

Netsure, headed by Barry Murphy CEO, have offices in Park West Business Park, Dublin

Ireland looking more reasonable ?

4 September 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Ireland looking more reasonable ?

This week there has been some great news from the Irish economic stand point, employment rates are up and house prices & loan applications are on their way down.

Employment Rates increase

There has been some news from the CSO ( showing that employment levels in Ireland rose at an annual rate of 3.9 percent in the second quarter of 2007. This is slightly faster than the 3.8 percent recorded in the first quarter of this year.

A breakdown showed that employment in the finance, health and retail sectors also grew strongly. The only segment to show a decrease was public administration and defense.

Of course these figures need to be seasonally adjusted, with this the unemployment rate stood at 4.6 percent at the end of May versus 4.4 percent in the previous three months and 4.2 percent in the final September to November quarter of last year. The number of people in employment in the three months to the end of May rose by 78,400 on the year to 2,095,400 according to the Quarterly National Household Survey which runs from December to November rather than following the calendar year.

Building Site

Housing Prices start to fall in Ireland

Another report, released yesterday by SRI and Permanent TSB. Show that the average house prices fell since the start of the year. Also new figures show that average house prices have fallen by more than €9,000, or 3%, in the first seven months of this year. The average price paid for a house in July was €301,267, almost the same as the average for June last year.

Also the number of housing loan applications has had a sharp drop. In Q1 of 2007 the figure dropped by 22% from the previous quarter for fixed rate mortgages and variable rate mortages. Minister for Housing Batt O’Keeffe said

“Figures contained within this release confirm that the housing market is evolving to a more balanced and sustainable growth pattern, particularly with regard to house prices and mortgage lending”

Fidelity add jobs in Galway

3 September 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Fidelity add jobs in Galway

Financial services firm Fidelity Investments ( is to create 49 jobs over the next three years in Galway. They will be creating a new research and development centre will be operated by Fidelity Technology Group (FTG). Fidelity, has been in operation in Ireland since 1996 and employs around 300 people in Dublin and Galway.

Fidelity in Ireland

This news will be a welcome boost to the Financial service industry in the West of Ireland.

CV & Interview Skills Workshop

3 September 2007 | Ireland | 2 Responses

Paul Mullan, a regular contributor of useful CV & Interview articles here on, is running a workshop in Dublin city center on 29th September. This aim of the workshop is to teach you essential CV & Interview skills. It will help you gain the edge in an increasingly competitive job market.

CV & Interview Skills Workshop 29/09/2007 Dublin

Attend this workshop and you will :

  • Know how to make an immediate impact with your CV
  • Know key format and content for your CV
  • Avoid the biggest CV and Interview pitfalls
  • Understand your audience better – the employer
  • Know how to prepare for interview
  • Uncover essential interview tips and techniques
  • Improve body language and non-verbal communication
  • Know how to handle difficult questions
  • Access the hidden job pool

Details on the Workshop

  • Location: Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, D1
  • Date: Saturday 29th September 2007
  • Time: Morning workshop 9-1 or Afternoon workshop 2-6
  • Attendance: Limited to 12 attendees per workshop
  • Cost: 60.00 euro (special discount rate for eirjobs readers, just quote us when booking)

For info on the workshop & a profile please email or call 087-1223308 or register online .


Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, D1, Dublin.

Donegal bus firm lays off 45

3 September 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

Euró Iompú (Euro Coach Builders ), a bus assembling company has gone into voluntary liquidation. The company employs 45 people in the Údaras na Gaeltachta Industrial Estate in Gweedore, Co Donegal. They have in the past produced the City Imps used by Dublin Bus. A statement from the company said the workers would be laid off as a result.

City Imp Dublin Bus

Euró Iompú said its board had reached the decision after a review of business activities as the company had been facing increased competition in the bus manufacturing sector in the last few years.

Friday Article : Who is Interviewing Who ?

31 August 2007 | Articles, Ireland | 2 Responses

Here is the 4th part in the series from Paul Mullan of Measurability offers career coaching to individuals looking to change careers as well as companies looking to train their staff for better things. If you have a question you can either leave it here or send Paul an email at The other articles can be found here at Why most CV’s Fail / Lying in Interviews / Job Hunting Tips.

Who is interviewing who?

Once upon a time jobseekers were happy to get a job, any job with little fuss and most felt that putting challenging questioning to a potential employer could send out the wrong signals and cost them the job. Thus the interview was a recruitment tool were the power lay fully in the hands of the interviewer. Over the last 10 years this perception is changing slowly and jobseekers are beginning to realise that the interview can serve them too in job hunting arena.

Interview Techniques

It still amazes me though how many jobseekers ask the questions – “Should I ask questions at an interview?” or “What questions should I ask at interview?” Jobseekers put little though into this area when preparing for interview spending all their time focusing on what questions they will be asked rather that the reverse. When the interviewer eventually does ask if the jobseekers has any questions this is often met with a blank expression like a rabbit caught in headlights. This is not a curve ball and all job seekers should expect this to happen at all interviews.

No questions – wrong signals.

An interviewee who asks questions when given the opportunity send out the impression that they are interested in the job but also that they have put a bit of though into the interview and what they want from their next position/career. Lack of questions can give the impression that jobseekers are not interested or even lack confidence.
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Coca-Cola cut 160 Jobs

29 August 2007 | Ireland | 2 Responses

News has come this Wednesday that Coca-Cola Ireland ( is to close one of their 3 plants in Ireland. They will be closing their plant in Drogheda, Co. Kildare in a years time. Coca-Cola also have plants in Ballina, Co Mayo & Athy, Co. Kildare. It is estimated that Coca-Cola will now only employ 540 people in Ireland in their bottling and concentrates production facilities. Labour union leaders accused Coca-Cola of mounting the action to close down a plant with union-organized workers in favour of the Ballina plant, where workers are not unionised.

coca-cola in ireland

 So that is the news in the drinks industry  in Ireland tonight. It’s time to head down to the pub to insure that they still have enough stocks of coca-cola left for me to add to my Jack Daniels.

Scott ElectroMech close with 76 job losses

29 August 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Scott ElectroMech close with 76 job losses

News has come today that the Belfast electronic engineering firm Scott ElectroMech (Formerly Thrige-Scott Ltd. ) is to close. Scott ElectroMech ( employed 76 workers in East Belfast is to go into receivership.

electrical motor

Their company logo “Standing the test of time” is no longer holding true after 100 years of business.

Scott motors can be found in F1 wind tunnels, Malaysian rubber factories, Chinese sugar refineries. ski-lifts in Colorado and gold dredgers in Ghana.

Pat the Baker passes away

27 August 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Pat the Baker passes away

The founder and owner of one of Ireland’s most successful bakeries has died today. Pat Higgins was the owner of ‘Pat the Baker’, which was founded in 1953 in Granard, Co. Longford. Pat the Baker employs over 400 people through direct employees and self-employed agents in Ireland. And it has been Granard’s largest employer for the last 50 years.


RIP Pat, we loved your loaves & thanks for making our school lunches over the years.

Visitor Visas for Ireland

26 August 2007 | Articles | Comments Off on Visitor Visas for Ireland

Citizens of certain countries required to obtain an entry visa for Ireland. If you are a citizen of a country that is on one of the lists below, then you do NOT require an entry visa for Ireland. Citizens of countries which are not on the list must apply for a visa to enter Ireland before they travel here. Remember that you should apply for a visa at least 2 months before you are due to travel to Ireland. This list is valid as of August 26th 2007.

List of countries whose passport holders do not require visas to enter Ireland:

Andorra Antigua And Barbuda Argentina
Australia Austria Bahamas
Barbados Belgium Belize
Bolivia Botswana Brazil
Brunei Bulgaria Canada
Chile Costa Rica Croatia
Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Dominica El Salvador Estonia
Fiji Finland France
Germany Greece Grenada
Guatemala Guyana Honduras
Hong Kong* Hungary Iceland
Israel Italy Japan
Kiribati Latvia Lesotho
Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
Macau* Malawi Malaysia
Maldives Malta Mauritius
Mexico Monaco Nauru
Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua
Norway Panama Paraguay
Poland Portugal Romania
Saint Kitts & Nevis Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent & The Grenadines Samoa
San Marino Seychelles Singapore
Slovak Republic Slovenia Solomon Islands
South Africa South Korea Spain
Swaziland Sweden Switzerland
Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Tuvalu
United Kingdom & Colonies United States Of America Uruguay
Vanuatu Vatican City Venezuela

British Dependent Territories (Colonies)

Anguilla Bermuda
British Antarctic Territory (South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands)
British Indian Ocean Territories (Chagos Archipelago, Peros Banos, Diego Garcia, Danger Island)
Cayman Islands Falkland Islands And Dependicies
Gibraltar Montserrat
Pitcairn (Henderson, Ducie And Oneno Islands)
St. Helena And Dependicies (Ascension Island, Tristan Da Cunha)

The Soverign Base Areas Of Akrotiri And Dhekila

Turks And Caicos Island British Virgin Islands

People with existing travel visas

Visas are not required either by persons who are holders of Convention travel documents which are valid and issued by the following countries:

Belgium Czech Republic Denmark
Finland Germany Iceland
Italy Liechtenstein Luxembourg
Malta Netherlands Norway
Poland Portugal Romania
Slovakia Spain Sweden

Notes: A person in possession of a Hong Kong certificate of identity requires an entry visa for the state. Persons who are holders of a British Hong Kong passport who have a right of abode in Great Britain do not require entry visas. Persons who are holders of a british hong kong passport who have a right of abode in hong kong only do not require entry visas but they are subject to full foreign national controls in respect of registration, permission to remain, work permits et cetera.

Analog to let 150 go

24 August 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Analog to let 150 go

Semiconductor company Analog Devices Inc, ( is set to close their 6 inch fabrication plant in Limerick. It is expected that the fab operations will cease before the end of 2008.

Analog Limerick Ireland

About the company from their website:

Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) defines innovation and excellence in signal processing. ADI’s analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits (IC) play a fundamental role in converting, conditioning, and processing real-world phenomena such as light, sound, temperature, motion, and pressure into electrical signals to be used in a wide array of electronic equipment.

Analog employs 1,100 people at the Raheen Business Park in Limerick and 8,800 world wide. A report with the vice president of Analog in Limerick said :”This is a long-term strategic decision for us as we must continuously assess our manufacturing capability to maintain our leadership position in the global semiconductor industry in which we compete,” said Dennis Dempsey, and continued saying. “By focusing this flagship manufacturing facility on the more advanced 8-inch technology, we will be better positioned to provide innovative technology that is optimized to the performance and cost requirements of our customers well into the foreseeable future,“.

Friday Article : Job Hunting – Are you getting the results you want?

24 August 2007 | Articles | 1 Response

Here is the 3rd part in the series from Paul Mullan of Measurability offers career coaching to individuals looking to change careers as well as companies looking to train their staff for better things. If you have a question you can either leave it here or send Paul an email at The first part can be read here “Why most CV’s Fail” and second part “Lying in Interviews“.

Job Hunting – Are you getting the results you want?

You could not fault many jobseekers for effort when job hunting as they devote hours of their time to finding the Holy Grail – that dream job. The problem is that many jobseekers I encounter are not getting the results they want even with all this effort. Investigation often indicates that they have been limiting their prospects by following the same strategy throughout. The reality is that there are many ways to skin a cat and a new job can be secured through a variety of approaches. Remember if you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting the same results.

The Recruitment Agency approach.

The number of Recruitment Agencies in operation has mushroomed over the last decade and agencies are finding new employment for thousands of people on a daily basis. This is great and agencies are the jobseekers No.1 strategy for many reasons but largely due to the fact that they take the hunting out of job hunting. Send in a CV, meet a recruitment consultant and sit back and wait for the job possibilities to roll in. However there are other jobseekers that wait and wait and keep waiting without any positive progress.

my office setup

Control your destiny

Having worked in this industry the biggest complaints are from those jobseekers that are not getting the phone calls or job interviews. The frustration is their lack of control and feedback as a 3rd party is deciding if the CV will be sent for a vacancy and manages the whole recruitment process. If you are not getting positive results and you really want to get a job you need to get your hands dirty. Take control of the situation and become your own personal recruitment agency with one jobseeker to manage – you.
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Employment Statistics in Ireland 2007

23 August 2007 | Ireland | 37 Responses

Many people wonder about the number of work permits that are currently valid in Ireland, here is a quick statistical run down up to and including July 31st 2007. Currently there are work permits issued for 12,805 workers in Ireland. This is down from 19,557 that were valid in 2006.

Irish Work Permit

Top Ten Countries with Permits issued from Ireland

Also available are the numbers of countries who were denied work permits, and for the sake of clarity the top three are India (184), Philippines (134), China (116).

Position Country Number of Permits
1 India 2067
2 Philippines 2015
3 South Africa 818
4 Ukraine 808
5 United States of America 697
6 China 607
7 Brazil 515
8 Australia 491
9 Pakistan 453
10 Malaysia 411

Work Permits by Industry

Here is a break down of what industries have had the most number of work permits issued.

Position Industry Number of Permits
1 Service Industry 4041
2 Medical & Nursing 2939
3 Sport 2903
4 Catering 2533
5 Industry 1265
6 Agriculture & Fisheries 720
7 Education 457
8 Exchange Agreements 314
9 Domestic 289
10 Entertainment 85

Top Irish Companies who have received Work Permits

It is also possible to find out what companies have the most work permits issued. We are a little confused with Macra Na Feirme heading the list, but it’s possible these are for some manual labour.

Position Company Number of Permits
1 Macra Na Feirme 105
2 Cemex IT Services Ltd 52
3 Health Services Executive 47
4 KPMG 32
5 Locumotion 29
6 ISS Contract Cleaners Limited 21
7 Liffey Meats (Cavan) Ltd 19
8 Ernst & Young 18
9 Google Ireland Limited 17
10 Satyam Computer Services
Limited (India)
on secondment to Satyam Computer
Services Limited (Ireland)
11 University of Dublin 16
12 Kepak Group Ltd 16
13 Tom Duffy & Son’s Circus 15

So there you have it, a quick look at what is happening in Ireland with regards to work permits.

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Working on Bank Holidays

22 August 2007 | Ireland | 39 Responses

Often, there is confusing as to what you are entitled to if you work a bank holiday in Ireland. So here is the run down for you. If you have any questions do leave them below !

Entitlements For Bank Holidays

If you have worked at least 40 hours in total in the five weeks before the public holiday you are entitled to paid leave on the day or one of the following alternatives:

  • A paid day off within a month of the publicholiday
  • An additional day of annual leave
  • An additional day’s pay
  • The nearest church holiday to the public holiday as a paid day off

Summer holiday

Part-time employees who are entitled to public holiday leave, but are not due to work on that particular day should receive one-fifth of their weekly pay instead of the actual day’s leave. If a public holiday falls on a weekend, you do not have any automatic legal entitlement to have the next working day off work.

Athlone Sheraton Hotel to create 250 jobs

22 August 2007 | Ireland | 10 Responses

A new 12 story hotel is planned for Athlone which is set to bring 250 new full time & part time jobs to the area. Design plans were unveiled last week by architects Murray O’Laoire ( This will be one of the tallest building in the Midlands.

The spectacular 167 bedroom hotel will form an integral part of the €500 million Town Centre development which will consist of 50 retail units, 145 residential units, restaurants and cafes, a creche and 1,300 car parking spaces.

The new Sheraton Athlone Hotel will create 250 full and part-time jobs in addition to the 1,000 jobs heralded by the Town Centre development.

The sheraton in Athlone

This will be the 2nd Sheraton hotel from of  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Group in Ireland, the other one being the Sheraton Fota Island Hotel & Spa in Cork.