The Number of People at Work in the Mid West is at its Highest in Eight years, as Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen looks to continue the increasing trend by building strong economic, industrial and aviation relationships with India.

December 6th, 2016 - Pat Breen

Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has revealed that employment in the mid west has grown by 3.2 per cent in the last year, as employment levels in this area are growing faster than Dublin, at a rate of more than 96 new jobs a week.

Despite the positive growth, the minister said his work in this area has just begun.

Just last week Minister Breen invited a representative from Shannon Airport to accompany him on the Enterprise Ireland’s Trade Mission to India, during which he introduced Group Strategy Director and Managing Director of International Aviation Services Centre at Shannon Airport, Patrick Edmond, to key stakeholders in the rapidly expanding Indian aviation sector.

“Expanding opportunities for Irish companies in the aviation sector was a key objective of the mission,” said Minister Breen.

He met with the Indian Minister for Civil Aviation and was the only Minister outside of India to address the Aero Expo India attended by key policy and decision makers and stakeholders from the Indian aviation, aerospace, air cargo and allied industries.

“I invited the Indian Minister for Civil Aviation to visit Ireland, a trip he is keen to make as he has a particular interest in our country’s aviation history and is aware of how Shannon is home to the largest airline leasing companies in the world. This is a working relationship that I believe can benefit both countries,” said the Clare minister of state.

Meanwhile the minister also met with the CEO and other senior officials at WIPRO, a global information technology, consulting and outsourcing company that is looking at further expansion and already employs x staff in Shannon.

“This company is in expansion mode worldwide at the moment, so I made a very strong case for Shannon during discussions with the company CEO and senior staff. The company was very positive about the work already been done in Shannon, and the availability of the airport and the close proximity of two universities and Institutes of Technologies is also a favorable to our case,” added Minister Breen.

“While the company did not commit to anything there and then, the talks were extremely positive and I will stay in contact with them on the issues,” he said.

“India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and there is huge potential for innovative Irish companies in the Indian market. This trade mission was also a valuable exercise in promoting Ireland as a welcoming country for Indian students to come to Ireland pursue a world-class education. As we address the challenges posed by the Brexit vote this trade mission provided valuable introductions for the participating companies to new business partners and customers in India,” he added.

Thirteen Irish companies from the aviation, financial services, pharmaceuticals and health, ICT and education sectors travelled on the mission to three cities – Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi.
Meanwhile the jobs figures in the mid west continue to improve.

The mid west region recorded the largest decrease in unemployment figures nationally in the last year, dropping by 2.4 per cent to 7.4 per cent.

“As the Minister of State with responsibility for employment I am pleased that our employment and unemployment figures are moving in the right direction. More than three quarters, 78 per cent, of all new jobs are full time with 22 per cent part time, and the number of self-employed people has grown by 14 per cent. The number of people at work is at the highest level since the end of 2008,” he said.

“The largest employment increases were recorded in the industry, accommodation and food, and the construction sectors.”

“While these figures are encouraging we cannot of course become complacent. We are facing uncertain times ahead of Brexit and are subject to other global economic events, but plans are in place to weather these storms and I will certainly be working hard not only to protect our growth to date but to increase on it significantly,” said Minister Breen.


For further comment please contact Minister Breen on 087 2422136.
For further information on the Enterprise Ireland’s Trade Mission to India, led by Minister Breen please see the following link: