Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has welcomed the creation of 90 new jobs at an engineering firm in rural Co Donegal.
He visited the E+I Engineering Ltd plant in Burnfoot to make the announcement yesterday morning.
The company’s workforce is largely drawn from Donegal and Londonderry. A €9.5m (£8.5m) investment in a new 215,000 sq ft manufacturing facility will lead to the creation of the new jobs in engineering, project management and production.
Speaking at the event, Mr Varadkar said: “What we need in Ireland more and more are Irish companies that grow from the bottom up, that develop and go global themselves, and E+I is a perfect example of that.
“It is bringing high-quality employment to the north-west but also expanding internationally and very much developing the kind of jobs we need to see in the future.”
E+I chief executive Philip O’Doherty added: “Rural Ireland can produce companies that can expand globally and create jobs in these areas.
“You don’t have to be in a large city to have a large facility like this. In fact, I would contend that it is easier sometimes to assemble a large skilled workforce in areas like the north-west of Ireland.
“Our workforce primarily comes from Derry and Donegal. We have achieved the scale that we have because of this location. The location has not given us any disadvantage.”
E+I Engineering is a global leader in the critical power distribution sector, manufacturing electrical switchgear, busduct systems and energy management software for some of the most recognisable brands and technically advanced companies all over the world.
It currently employs 1,700 staff. Approximately half of those are based at the Co Donegal plant, while the others are spread out over the US and the Middle East.