Capita announces 60 Jobs for Maynooth

8 Nov

Capita Asset Management(Via Irish Times)

A financial firm is to create 60 jobs in Dublin over the next three years.

Capita Financial Group Ireland intends to more than double its workforce administrating funds worth €1.8 billion.

Paul Nunan, managing director of Capita’s Irish operation, said: “We are very optimistic about the future of the company and the industry in which we operate and look forward to continue to grow the business in Ireland.” The company employs 40 people in Ireland in transfer agency and fund administration.

Gary Palmer, head of the Irish Funds Industry Association, said: “The announcement from Capita highlights the strength of the Irish funds industry.” Continue reading


Furniture by Diesel & Moroso

4 Nov

Diesel Range

Last year Moroso collaborated with Diesel to launch a furniture range with a high fashion edge. The soft furnishings look inviting and cosy while the seating, tables and accessories achieve a punk like style using dark colours, photographic finishes  and a quirky use of materials. I haven’t seen them in the flesh, so I can’t comment on textures and durability, but I’ll post as soon as I have more information. This range would look amazing in any front of house, or even residential setting. Continue reading

Design Week 2010

3 Nov

Design Week 2010 LogoThere just isn’t enough publicity about this at a national level. It sneaks up on me every year and I only ever manage to get to a few of the amazing events that are on. Some of it is to do with the fact that I’m based out in Kildare during the week and most of the events are based in the major cities, and it’s easy to forget when there’s not much of a media buzz. All that aside, there is some inspiring stuff happening around Ireland and you will miss out if you don’t get to at least one of them. Check out the website for details.

Global Indemnity PLC Announce Cavan IT Investment

3 Nov

Global Indemnity PLC


(Via Gillian Lawless – IDA)

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith T.D. today (3rd November 2010) announced that global insurance and reinsurance provider, Global Indemnity plc, is to establish an IT development operation in Cavan through its subsidiary, Global Indemnity Services Ltd., creating 30 high value jobs over the next 5 years. Global Indemnity Services will employ a wide range of technical staff to provide IT development for the Company’s policy administration and finance functions.  The investment is supported by IDA Ireland. Continue reading

Defuse Dublin

3 Nov


Here’s what I got up to last night. I kicked off Design Week 2010 at Defuse in the Sugar Club on Leeson St. It was a series of 11 Ignite style talks organised by iXda Dublin. The Ignite format is a talk exactly five minutes long, each speaker shares on a relevant topic using 20 slides, each slide changing every 15 seconds. Explosive stuff (see what I did there..?). The result was an engaging, inspiring night of creative discussion. The main points I took away from the evening are as follows…

  1. Get lost in creativity – Randall Snare
  2. Understand your audience, ask the right questions – Breandán Ó Nualltáin
  3. Print still matters – Aileen O’Toole
  4. Storytelling matters – Seamus Byrne
  5. Design objects with data in mind – Ian Walton & Marcel Twohig
  6. New media is only new if you are old –Ciaran Norris
  7. Choice is an illusion – Pete Lunn
  8. Complex Vs Complexity – Antonella Sassu
  9. The German’s ‘Auftragstaktik’ works better than micromanaging – John Wood
  10. You’re Awesome! Design should have a positive effect – Ellen Dudley
  11. Get off your arse and take success for yourself – Eoghan McCabe

I’m looking forward to the next event already 😀

NUI Maynooth to start €20m upgrade

29 Oct

NUI Maynooth Biosciences & Electronic Engineering

(Via Irish Times)


Building is to start on a new €20 million investment upgrade at the National University of Ireland Maynooth.

The project will see over 6,000sq m of new space added to existing facilities and a 10,000sq m upgrade to the library.

A total of €14million will be spent on construction with a further €6million spent on fitting out and equipping the buildings.

Work is expected to be finished by September 2012.

Approving the contract Tánaiste and Minister for Education Mary Coughlan said the project will provide modern “state-of-the-art facilities for students at the university.”

She said: “The provision of this facility is critical to the future of the University due to the unprecedented demand for library space and services arising from increased student numbers.

“This contract will bring Government capital investment in NUI Maynooth to over €50 million in the past decade.”

50 Jobs announced for Galway

26 Oct

Synchronoss(Via Silicon Republic)

A leading US telecoms company has announced the creation of 50 new jobs in its Galway operations.

US company Synchronoss Technologies Inc, a provider of on-demand transaction management software platforms, has announced the expansion of its international operations in Europe by opening a research and development (R&D) and operations centre in Galway’s Parkmore business park. Continue reading

Things to do with pallets at Halloween

21 Oct

BrandBase Staircase

(Via The Office Design Gallery, Fastcodesign and Contemporist)

Next time you see a bunch of kids carting a stack of pallets around in October, don’t automatically assume they’re up to pyro naughtiness. They could, in fact, be designing a stylish new office interior like the guys in Most Architecture for BrandBase. Continue reading

HP to create up to 120 jobs in Dublin

21 Oct
Martin Murphy, Managing Director of HP Ireland.

Martin Murphy, Managing Director of HP Ireland.

(Via Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times)

Technology firm Hewlett-Packard is to create up to 120 jobs at its Irish operation, it was confirmed today.

The positions are high-end multilingual roles aimed at graduates, and will be located at its enterprise division in Clonskeagh, Dublin.

HP this morning said it was recruiting to fill 50 positions immediately.

However, the remaining 70 jobs will depend on whether candidates can be found with the necessary language skills. Candidates with German, Italian and French are being sought for the roles.

Separately, US-based Alliance Healthcare Information said today it is to establish a multi-lingual EU call centre in Dublin.

Alliance Healthcare Information, which is part of United Drug, provides specialist support and marketing services to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

It is not yet known how many jobs will be created as part of the project.

Salesforce announces 100 new jobs in Dublin

20 Oct


(via IDA Ireland)

IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement that, the leading enterprise cloud computing company, is currently recruiting more than 100 new jobs in sales, business development, marketing and technical IT and support. The company already employs 300 at its European Corporate Sales Headquarters in Sandyford, Dublin. Continue reading