Lunchtime Bite: Over 13000 multi-national jobs in 2011 – Newstalk 106

Over 13,000 jobs were created by multi-national companies in Ireland last year.

Figures published by the IDA this morning also show that the number of jobs lost in foreign companies during the same period has decreased.

This leaves a net increase of over 6,000 in government-supported jobs.

The Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has also announced the creation of  120 new jobs in the areas of software and language translation.

100 positions will be created in Workday which provides human resources, payroll and financial management services.

While 20 jobs will be created in CETRA.

It is a language translation service based in Limerick.

Chief Executive of the IDA Barry O’Leary says Ireland needs to improve competitiveness and bring down wage costs in order to create greater numbers of jobs.

“If you ask the question: ‘if there are lower salary rates, would you win more business?’ – the answer would be yes, because you’d be more competitive” he said.

“But it’s like everything; where’s the fine balance between cost and quality, etc”.

“If you bring that to its absolute extreme, the lower you go down of course you would – but that’s a balancing act” he added.

The number of people signing on the Live Register fell by over 3,000 last month.

New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that when seasonally adjusted there were 443,200 people claiming the dole in December.

That is the lowest level since April.

However the average rate of unemployment rose to 14.2% last year.

That is compared to 13.7% in 2010.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton says the figures show the scale of the challenge which needs to be faced.

“The last quarter has been difficult and the November and October figures were particularly poor – and it’s encouraging to see that the December figures has reversed that trend” he said.

“They are the first year in several years in which the end-year unemployment is lower than it was at the beginning of the year”.

“I think that is heartening – but I think the scale of the challenge is there for all to see” he added.

A man has been airlifted from a fishing boat of the coast of Cork after suffering head injuries on board.

The alarm was raised earlier this morning on board the Spanish-registered vessel about 120 kilometres out to sea.

The Shannon-based Coastguard helicopter is transporting the injured man to Cork Airport.

From there he will be taken to hospital.

A man in his 40s has been released from custody after being arrested in connection with the murder of David Darcy in Dublin last year.

He was shot dead at Cherry Orchard Avenue in Ballyfermot on November 28th last year as he was leaving for work.

The man was arrested yesterday morning and questioned at Ballyfermot Garda Station before being released without charge.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecution.

A 49-year-old woman has already been charged in relation to the killing.

Words like tweet, internet and bockety are to get their dictionary debut “as Gaeilge”.

A €6 million project will see the first new English-Irish Dictionary published in 50 years.

Newstalk’s Jack Quann looks at what has made the cut.

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