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Engineers discuss tackling ‘the greatest contemporary challenge’ – Climate Change

President Michael D. Higgins spoke to the remote audience of engineers, representing the full spectrum of the engineering profession, that “Engineers have a clear role to play to ensure that everyone in the world has access to clean water, sanitation, reliable energy, and safeguarded from climate change’s adverse impacts which are already manifesting.”

He stated that climate change is “the greatest contemporary challenge facing us as inhabitants of this planet in peril,” President Higgins, said: “Nature has a fine balance, and scientific models are so sophisticated and precise now that this can be shown empirically. Earth’s ecosystem, the composition of the atmosphere, and the world’s weather – our ecological systems – operate in a stable equilibrium or homeostasis. An ostensibly small change in just one parameter within this equilibrium, such as that brought about by human-sourced emissions of greenhouse gases, results in weather changes that include increasing temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, with catastrophic impacts on sea-level rises. The cumulative effect of this is climate chaos with all its social and economic consequences.

“I suggest respectfully that the time has long passed for debate on the science, useless apportionments of blame, or idle comparisons. Action is now needed, and I ask all engineers across all branches of engineering to play their role.”

President Higgins went on to discuss that the Irish education system “needs to generate many more engineers armed with skills needed to meet the global climate-change challenge and to build a sustainable world.”

President Higgins also referenced Engineers Ireland’s, Engineering 2020, report which found that almost three-quarters of the Irish public believe engineers have an ethical obligation to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. He quoted: “Engineers are central to sustainable development and are uniquely placed to help the world meet critical Sustainable Development Goals.”

The Conference includes speakers from the UK, USA, the Netherlands and Portugal in addition to contributions from speakers with Ireland based engineering-led expertise.They will be presenting on topics as diverse as Carbon Capture and Storage, Off Shore Wind Generation, the Future Energy Citizen and climate resilient and liveable communities, Irish based conference speakers include representatives from the Office of Public Works, ESB, Ervia, Irish Water, Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub and academics from University College Cork/SFI MaREI Centre and University College Dublin.

Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland said: “Engineers have a key role to play in the transition to a sustainable, carbon-free society; Sustainable Development Goal 9 for example, calls for the building of resilient infrastructure, promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation. Our Conference aims to mobilise and educate engineers across all sectors to be drivers of climate action in their own business, network and communities.”

With the Government’s Budget 2021 announcement , Engineers Ireland published its report ‘The State of Ireland 2020 – Engineering a green and digital recovery’.

The report advocates that Ireland’s future will be green and digital, driven by investments in infrastructure, technology and education. Informed by a dedicated advisory group of engineers and other professionals, the report outlines a set of recommendations that will help the Irish economy to recover by tackling the challenges and embracing the opportunities arising from climate change, digitalisation and Brexit.

Source : Engineers Ireland Ltd

Pharma manufacturer Hovione announces 48 new jobs for Cork

Hovione will be hiring several positions across quality control, quality analysis, warehouse operations and production operations by the end of this year.

Hovione, is a contract pharmaceutical-manufacturing  and particle-engineering company in Cork, and has announced a number of new positions. The 48 new jobs follow a partnership agreement between Hovione and Ligand, a biopharma company based in San Diego, California.

These companies will work together to increase production of Captisol, a product that can improve the solubility and stability of drugs. Captisol is used in the Covid-19 treatment Veklury produced by US pharma company Gilead.

The selected candidates will be based on-site at Hovione’s in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, which has been in operation for over 10 years and currently has over 200 Hovione employees in Cork. It also has staff members around the world, with facilities in the USA, China, Portugal, India, Japan, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

Recruitment for the roles is underway and the team plan to fill them by the end of 2020.

Source : Silicone Republic

Edwards to create 120 jobs in new Dublin plant

The Vacuum engineering company Edwards is to set up a new service technology centre in Blanchardstown, in Dublin to support the semiconductor manufacturing industry here in Ireland.

Edwards supplies vacuum and abatement technology, along with the equipment and services, which are necessary to support the efficient and environmentally sustainable production of semiconductors.

The company said the centre in Blanchardstown will use advanced automation and data solutions to disassemble, clean, inspect, repair, replace and reassemble vacuum pumps and abatement equipment. 

The new facility will include warehousing facilities, factory areas, meeting rooms, and a dedicated training centre to cater to the practical and theoretical training needs of both Edwards employees and those of its customers.

Troy Metcalf, President of Edwards Semiconductor Service, said the company’s new Dublin site will become a flagship facility in its global network of service technology centres.

Edwards’ investment here is being supported by IDA Ireland. 

Source : RTE news

Lifesciences and Medtech growth

Ireland’s position as a global leader in the Medical Tech and Life Sciences sectors is underlined by the fact that 14 out of the world’s top 15 leading multinationals now have operations in Ireland.

Companies such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic, J&J/ DePuy, Stryker, Becton Dickinson, Baxter, Abbott and Cook continue to expand the sector, with many making significant ongoing investments.

“2018 saw a terrific combination of announcements from new names and existing companies,” explains Rachel Shelly, IDA’s Head of Medical Technologies Division, citing announcements by Edwards Lifesciences in the Mid West, the arrival of Quidel to Galway, expansions by Bausch and West Pharmaceuticals in Waterford, plus Avery Dennison in Longford.

She adds that innovation is also thriving, as seen by Becton Dickinson’s new global R&D centre in Limerick and Agilent Technologies Ireland opening of its purpose-built R&D extension to its Little Island facility in Co Cork.

“Today, over 74% of companies are engaged in R&D. There are 32,000 people directly employed in IDA client companies, and two of IDA Ireland’s Med Tech companies, Boston Scientific and Medtronic, are among the top five employers in Ireland.

“Companies like Abbott, Baxter, Stryker, Boston Scientific, Teleflex Medical, Medtronic, J +J, and Braun all have multiple Irish sites. There is also a strong global business services mandate, with 25% of our companies are engaged in such services,” she adds.

The Government’s policy and investments in STEM and support for innovation are also credited for the ongoing growth, coupled with client companies investments in the talent they are securing in Ireland, for the sector’s evolution from manufacture of class I non-invasive devices to today’s highly innovative Class II invasive devices and class III combination drug devices.

Martin Shanahan, IDA Ireland CEO, said that the very substantial contribution being made by the Life Sciences sector to Ireland’s economy is growing year on year.

“These are global companies operating at the highest level, using cutting edge technology and innovative processes to develop next generation medicines and medical devices to treat illnesses and medical conditions worldwide.”

He cites the example that the 25% of the world’s population that have diabetes rely on injectable devices manufactured in Ireland – that is over 30 million people. In addition, 50% of ventilators worldwide in acute hospitals are Irish made, 33% of the world’s contact lenses are manufactured here, 80% of global stent production is carried out in Ireland, as is 75% of global orthopaedic knee production.

“As a small island nation and against a backdrop of intense competition from other locations, geopolitical uncertainty and other challenges, we have developed a reputation in the sector that we can be justifiably proud of.”

Source: Irish Examiner

Top utilities employers in Ireland

Top employers in the utilities, energy and renewables sector

The most popular employers in the utilities, energy and renewables sector.
The top employers in the utilities, energy and renewables sector for 2018/19, as voted for by students and graduates, are:

1. ESB

Find out more about graduate careers with ESB here here

2.Bórd na Móna

Bord na Móna is an Irish company operating six business units: power generation, biomass, resource recovery, peat, horticulture, and fuels


Coillte is a state-sponsored forestry management company, focusing on innovative and sustainable management of natural resources.

4. EirGrid

EirGrid plc is the state-owned electric power transmission operator in Ireland.

5. SSE Airtricity

SSE Airtricity was founded in Ireland in 1997 and is now an energy company owned by SSE plc. It is an international wind farm developer and energy company.

6. Irish Cement

Irish Cement Ltd is part of the CRH Group, one of the world’s leading building materials companies which is headquartered in Dublin

7. Veolia Water

Veolia is an Irish environmental services company. They provide a range of energy, waste and water solutions.

8. Ervia

Ervia, previously known as Bord Gáis or Bord Gáis Éireann, is a multi-utility company distributing pipeline natural gas, water services and dark fibre services in Ireland.

The Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers survey is part of the European Student Barometer and is conducted by Europe’s leading graduate research firm, trendence.

For more information on major graduate employers visit gradireland employers


Life Science sector profile

Life Science sector profile

There’s no better place in the world today for Life Science start-ups

The medical device eco-system in Ireland, in terms of access to specialised staff, managers, suppliers, advisers and investors is world-class. It is by far the best such system in an English speaking area within the favourable European regulatory regime.

The total Life Science sector, across medical devices, pharma and bio in Ireland:

  • Exports more than €45 billion annually.
  • Employs over 50,000 people directly.
  • Includes operations of six of the top seven diagnostics companies.

The Irish Medical Device sector:

  • Comprises 160 firms.
  • Employs more than 24,000 people.
  • Generates annual sales greater than €6 billion.
  • Includes operations of eight of the world’s 10 largest medical device companies.
  • Global players with substantial Irish operations include Abbott, Bayer, Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Guidant, Medtronic and Stryker.
  • Ireland’s biggest home grown medical device company, Creganna/Tactx, employs over 800 people world-wide and provides a range of contract manufacturing and contract R&D services to start ups and global companies alike.
  • More than 50% of medtech companies based in Ireland have dedicated R&D facilities.
  • 80% of global stent production is carried out from Ireland.

“Ireland is recognised as a centre for life sciences and medical devices. Enterprise Ireland was particularly helpful in facilitating introductions to Irish clinicians who have played a critical role in the product development process.”
Chris Davey, Marvao Medical

Download Life Science sector brochure [pdf 284KB]

Source: Enterprise Ireland