Udaras reports increase in job creation and job losses in Donegal in 2014

udaras_051-1024x681Údarás na Gaeltachta has reported an increase in job creation and job losses in the Donegal Gaeltacth in 2014.
There were 280 jobs created, while there were 214 jobs lost.
The details are contained the the boards 2014 end of year review.
Udaras reports that there was a 30% increase in the number of jobs created compared to the previous year, and it was the largest number of jobs they created since 2008.
New jobs were created in companies throughout the Donegal Gaeltacht at a number of different companies.
But Udaras also report that there were significant job losses, and when these are taken into account, the overall number of jobs remains at the same level as the previous year with 1,942 full-time jobs in Údarás client companies in the Donegal Gaeltacht at year end.
The majority of the jobs lost last year were in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.
Largo Foods closed its manufacturing facility and transferred production to the companys’ main plant in Ashbourne, County Meath, with the loss of 140 jobs. But almost 50 of Largo’s Donegal employees did avail of the opportunity to work in the companys’ production unit in Ashbourne
Furthermore, Nuance relocated its business to London resulting in the loss of 14 jobs, while and SIOEN cut a further 10 jobs.
Udaras say in an effort to address the issue they’ve established a working group with the aim of sourcing new enterprise projects to locate in Northwest Donegal.
The Enterprise Development Forum is due to report on its findings and recommendations at the beginning of March of this year.

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