Mota Engil to create 60 new jobs in Loughrea
I recently performed the official opening of the Mota Engil UK and Ireland HQ in Loughrea, which will result in the creation of an additional 60 jobs in the Irish subsidiaries of Glan Agua and MEIC.
The event was attended by the Portuguese Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Bernardo Futscher Pereira, as well as the CEO of Mota Engeel, Goncala Moura Martins, Europe Chairman Carlos Mota Santos, CEO Europe Horacio Sa, CFO Europe Silvia Mota and extend the newly elected Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Cllr. Michael Connolly.
Speaking at the event I commended IDA Ireland on bringing the project to fruition and I spoke with the CEO of IDA Ireland, Mr. Martin Shanahan as well as Ita Lynn, Regional Business Development Manager for the west and Project Executive Joe McHugh.
‘On behalf of the Government I am delighted to be here in Loughrea to officially open the UK and Ireland headquarters for Mota Engil and also announce the creation of 60 additional jobs.
‘It is great to see this company expanding, creating extra jobs which will be a significant boost to Loughrea and the wider region. It is very positive for a town the size of Loughrea to win an investment like this. It shows that companies can locate in regions once the necessary infrastructure and skilled workforce is available. Parent company Mota Engil is to be commended for its support of Glan Agua, making this expansion possible.
‘The development of the new M17/18 motorway opens up opportunities for places like Gort, Loughrea, Athenry and Tuam to develop employment opportunities into the future.
‘The creation of jobs in rural towns such as Loughrea is a priority for this partnership government. Job creation in rural towns will provide the necessary balanced region development through the country which is a cornerstone of the programme for government.
‘As someone with a background in engineering and who has spent many years teaching the next generation of engineers, I am delighted that today’s announcement will provide employment opportunities for graduate engineers to source employment in their chosen career in their own locality. For too many years we sadly saw local graduates having to emigrate to secure work. Hopefully this trend is being reversed with the opening of this facility.
‘Today’s announcement is a signal that we can do business when we have the infrastructure and I welcome the fact that IDA are supporting the location of industries throughout the regions.
‘I congratulate them on their efforts to date and look forward to further opportunities to welcome more jobs to the west and to Galway East in coming months.’