THE benefit of the innovative plan to bring jobs to Ireland from abroad, tapping into the Irish Diaspora, has already borne fruit. Terry Clune, the Kilkenny based entrepreneur has already created 30 jobs in the city. Addressing city and county managers from around Ireland on Monday at Kilkenny Castle he stressed that every single person knew someone who had the capability of bringing jobs to Ireland and in so doing picking up E1,500 for each new job created in Ireland.
Succeed in Ireland has made it clear that people in Ireland have to start helping themselves by making contact with second cousins, friends and former neighbours who are abroad. He isn’t pitching it at CEOs but anybody involved in a company overseas or a firm that might like to set up in Ireland as its EU base or as a start up company. “Your contact could be Mary, the receptionist in a Games Company in Sydney or Martin, a Silicon Valley based IT specialist, anyone who is known to you and who would have the best interests of Ireland at heart while also making money out of helping their country in need,” Mr Clune said.
The initiative aims to create 5,000 jobs within five years by providing direct financial incentives to people around the world to create connections with businesses abroad which lead directly to employment in Ireland. Small and medium sized enterprises around the world who are considering expansion but who would be outside the usual State enterprise bodies scope will be targeted.
Mr Clune who owns and runs a number of highly successful companies including Taxback.com said he has never had such a strong belief in anything before and is going to give it his full energy for the foreseeable future. The man who paid for the playground in the Castle Park will incur huge financial debts as a result but will be re-imbursed if the initiative takes off and the signs are already really positive. He has taken a major gamble.
Minister Phil Hogan is a believer and said that job creation has to be at the heart of everything the Government is trying to achieve. “I want to support this excellent initiative in every way possible. To this end, I have asked Local Authorities to come here, to Kilkenny, to be briefed on the initiative directly form the man behind the project, Terry Clune. Terry and his team in Succeed Ireland will meet each City and County Council individually and I expect the Local Authorities to do what they can in the communities to hold public meetings and other events to ensure every community in the country has been made aware of this initiative,” he said.
“I think it is a great sign that a young and successful Irish entrepreneur and the established state bodies are coming together to work on this project. And I wish them every success in this regard,” he added.
So get on the net, Facebook, Skype or mobile and get contacting your friends and relations across the globe and you could be rewarding yourself by E1,500 for every job that is created in Ireland. So you have a reason to get in contact with your old mates in the GAA club, rugby team, camogie club or athletics crew. You can rekindle old ties and benefit Ireland and yourself, all at the same time.