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Geoscience firms created 61 new jobs

Friday, June 27 15:48:07

Irish geoscience firms, members of Geoscience Ireland (GI), created 61 jobs in the past year, its second annual Review showed today.

The review was completed by Neary Marketing Surveys on behalf of the Geological Survey of Ireland/ Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

Speaking about the results of the Review, Minister with responsibility for Natural Resources, Fergus O'Dowd said, "These are very encouraging figures and are a testament to the resilience and determination of these Irish Geoscience companies that they have continued to expand as we recover economically. The effective collaboration of state bodies in GSI and EI to create and develop this Geoscience Ireland business cluster is a great example of how government can assist industry in an effective way."

The key findings of the Review include that, since September 2012, GI companies have created a total of 145 new jobs of which 61 were created since July 2013.

One third of members reported that GI's contribution to members in winning international business was significant, while 60pc reported that GI was assisting them in key areas of geoscience.