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Market-research company announces jobs for Belmullet

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'SIGNIFICANT STEP' Anna Ní Ghallachair, Cathaoirleach of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Up to 30 full-time and part-time jobs for Mayo Gaeltacht  

Anton McNulty

TWO full-time jobs and up to 30 part-time and full-time jobs have been announced for Belmullet and the wider Erris region with the leading market-research company Ipsos/MRBI.
The company is looking to establish a presence in the gteic (Gréasán Digiteach na Gaeltachta) Digital Hub network, a network of 30 innovation and digital hubs in rural Gaeltacht areas across counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Meath, and including several Gaeltacht and non-Gaeltacht islands.
Údarás na Gaeltachta confirmed that a primary call centre is currently being fitted in gteic@Béal an Mhuirthead for the company, but it is envisaged that future IPSOS employees will be able to use any of the new gteic hubs being developed at the moment – namely gteic@An Eachléim and gteic@An Corrán Buí – as the company grows and when Covid-19 restrictions ease.
Ipsos employs 18,000 people globally and provide market research services to companies online, through one-on-one interviews, by mail and through phone calls. The nature of market research services leans towards part-time employment in order to enable the business to cover various work shifts during and outside of normal office hours.
‘Significant step’
The new jobs were welcomed by Údarás na Gaeltachta as well as a number of public representatives in the area. Fianna Fáil councillor and Cathaoirleach of the Westport/Belmullet Municipal District Seán Carey said the jobs will be welcomed in the community.
“I am very pleased with this development. Deputy Dara Calleary and I have been supporters of the gteic model since its inception, and it is wonderful to see it now bearing fruit for Belmullet and Erris. This is great news for the area.
Mayo TDs Michael Ring and Dara Calleary also welcomed the new announcement, with Deputy Ring saying that he was delighted to have been able to allocate over €400,000 to the Belmullet digital hubs under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund when he was Minister for Rural and Community Development.
“I am pleased to see that this funding has proven to be very beneficial to the Belmullet area,” Deputy Ring said.
Ipsos has begun the process of recruiting 30 people for a mixture of part-time and full-time contracts in the Erris area. Training courses are being provided on a partnership basis by Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Mayo North East Leader Partnership Company’s Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.
Anna Ní Ghallachair, Cathaoirleach of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, welcomed the IPSOS announcement.
“We wish them every success in this new aspect of their business. This represents a significant step for the gteic network in Mayo and embodies the opportunity that exists for companies to locate in the Gaeltacht and for their employees to operate seamlessly from multiple locations in gteic hubs throughout the Gaeltacht.”
Aoife O’Connor, CATI Manager, Ipsos, said: “We are delighted to be establishing a new presence in Béal an Mhuirthead with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta and look forward to exploring the many opportunities the gteic network will provide our business in the years ahead. It is fantastic for our staff to have the opportunity to benefit from the wonderful work-life balance that the Mayo Gaeltacht has to offer.”