Roscrea is in line for a major lift with the announcement of at least 60 jobs for the town.
Farm Relief Services (FRS) Roscrea has teamed up with UK-based company Working Links to create Turas Nua, a joint venture which has been successful in bidding to become the HQ for the Government’s JobPath Programme in the south of Ireland.
The company will oversee nearly 500 positions across the country, creating between 60 and 100 jobs in Roscrea in the process. Mr Peter Byrne CEO, FRS Network, and Mr Colin Donnery General Manager, spearheaded the project. Mr Donnery told the Tipperary Star that recruiting will begin next Spring, and candidates will be trained on the job. The company is currently looking for a suitable site in Roscrea. “We’re looking for professional empathetic people who are capable of delivering advice. We have a commitment within the tender, that 10% of the people we take on come from an unemployed background. We will be getting some experienced people in, but most of them will have to be trained from scratch.” The news comes as a major boost to Roscrea, and was welcomed by Environment Minister Alan Kelly TD.
“This shows the strength of local businesses in Roscrea and the potential to have success stories locally. Roscrea has been underinvested in for generations and this news should provide a welcome boost for the town with the potential to have 80-100 jobs based there.” Deputy Noel Coonan said FRS will now need to source a suitable building as their headquarters in Roscrea for this project. “An Post are currently negotiating with a local businessman regarding a vacant advanced building in Benamore for a Regional Sorting Centre to be located in Roscrea. One would hope we could combine these two endeavours in the one premises and I encourage all parties to explore possibilities to make it happen.”
Local Labour candidate Shane Lee added: “This is one of the biggest announcements for Roscrea in a long time. Roscrea will bounce back, together and be stronger in the coming years.”