I welcome the announcement today that 10Gen is to create 40 new jobs and will locate their European headquarters at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin. It builds on the strong technology hub that is emerging in the Dublin Bay area, better known as the ‘Silicon Docks’.

The Government’s strategy to attract new investment and jobs is working. This news shows how previous large tech job announcements are leading to further opportunities as a hub emerges in Dublin that is attracting more investment, as companies want to locate where global talent is converging.

We need to ensure that job seekers have the right skills to compete in today’s jobs market. Our students must also get the right education today, so they can avail of tomorrow’s opportunities. However, should we be unable to provide the skills required for these tech jobs, we will have to address this with both better education, and improved immigration laws.

For local businesses it will bring welcome trade and further vitality to the area. These jobs are highly mobile and could have located anywhere in the Euro area. By choosing Ireland it sends a strong message of confidence.

I would like to congratulate IDA Ireland, and Minister Bruton and his Department on the excellent work they continue to do to attract foreign investment.