New enterprise venture for Castlebar

Expected to create 250 jobs over three years

Sligo News File Online

Ged Nash (Lab) Minister of State, Department of Jobs
Ged Nash (Lab) Minister of State, Department of Jobs

Castlebar will no doubt be hoping to learn more about the announced plans for a potential 250 job development at the former Volex premises in the town.

Described as a global sustainability initiative, it would seem from reports that it will involve a number of companies coming together in the industrial premises to promote the development of sustainable energy, food and water-related businesses linked to landowners in
Africa.

OpenSparkz, a company that sources capital for business
models, is said to be overseeing the enterprise. According
to a report, OpenSparkz founder, Declan Conway
has stated the company is completing contracts with ten
firms that will operate from the hub.

The Connaught Telegraph has reported that six IDA
funded firms will be involved in the venture – a collaboration
with NUI, GMIT and Mountbellew College of Agriculture,
and supported by Mayo County Council.

It’s expected the indicated 250 jobs will be created over
the next three years. Total investment is understood to be
€300 million.

Northgate Info Solutions, a UK-based company, announced
plans for an 150 job expansion to Castlebar in 2013.

Employment blackspot Ballina still hasn’t secured any new
industry. The town has two TDs, Michelle Mulherin Fine
Gael and FF spokesman on jobs, Dara Calleary.

Michelle Mulherin, TD, Fine Gael, Mayo.
Michelle Mulherin, TD,
Fine Gael, Mayo.
Dara Calleary TD, Fianna Fail, Mayo.
Dara Calleary TD,
Fianna Fail, Mayo.