Jobs Boost for the town of Ennis welcome – BREEN

December 15th, 2008 - Pat Breen
Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has welcomed today’s (Monday) 300 jobs announcement at Microsemi in the Gort Road in Ennis describing them the jobs as a "welcome boost to the town of Ennis and the local economy."
"This announcement is a much needed boost and vote of confidence from a US based multinational with a long history in the area. The Company have already recruited 115 staff at their Ennis facility this year and today’s announcement will see an additional 200 positions being recruited over the next eighteen months. The jobs which are in manufacturing, sales and technical support underline the importance of maintaining spending in education and supporting Research & Development if we are to attract further jobs like these in the future. It is also a vote of confidence in the Company’s staff and in their ability to recruit future staff here in this Region.

"Microsemi is a US Chip maker is a global supplier of high performance analog, mixed-signal integrated circuits and high reliability discrete semiconductors that manage and regulate power and they serve premier companies in six broad markets: mobile/connectivity, notebooks/LCD TV/display, medical, defence and commercial air/space."

"This investment is Ennis is badly needed at a time when Ennis has become a dormant town with no major investment announcements in the town since Organic Lenses announced an investment of up to €10 million in 2005. Ennis has been badly hit by the recent economic downturn with the number of people on the Live Register in Ennis increasing by 56.1% from 2542 in November 2007 to 3968 in November 2008. If this trend is to be halted and then reversed then the Government must immediately focus on the urgent need to improve this Region’s competitiveness."