A Castlebar man will receive €45,000 for giving a tip-off to the State to bring jobs to the country.
Castlebar native Eddie Horkan’s contacts have led to US engineering firm Intergeo Services creating 30 jobs in Carlow, rather than setting up in Scotland.
The father-of-three and civil engineer (42), who lives in Carlow, discovered that his pal Phil McGoldrick, a Scotsman who lived nearby, was fronting the UK investment.
He suggested that he could avoid having to relocate by bringing the investment to Carlow instead.
The result is the first success story of the Government’s Succeed in Ireland scheme, which encourages everyone to use their connections to bring jobs here.
Mr Horkan is now set to get €15,000 of his fee upfront, and the rest will be paid as the jobs are rolled out.
Part of a renowned Castlebar family, Eddie’s father is Eamonn Horkan, a well-known personality in Castlebar.