Utility contracting firm Gaeltec to create 150 new jobs in Dublin and Kilkenny

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Utility Contracting Firm Gaeltec To Create 150 New Jobs In Dublin And Kilkenny Utility Contracting Firm Gaeltec To Create 150 New Jobs In Dublin And Kilkenny
(Left to right) Gaeltec managing director Joao Felizardo, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and SIRO CEO John Keaney. Photo: PA Images
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By Jonathan McCambridge, PA

Utility contracting company Gaeltec is to create 150 new jobs in Dublin and Kilkenny as a result of securing significant contracts in the utilities sector.

The roles on offer include junior and senior engineering positions, field surveyors, fibre technicians, GIS technicians, supervisors, designers, electricians and plant operators.

The positions will be based primarily in Gaeltec’s Kilkenny and Dublin offices, but a number such as site staff will be based on projects located nationwide.

Gaeltec provides specialist contracting support to public and private companies rolling out or upgrading energy and telecoms infrastructure and networks across Ireland.

The company is currently working on several strategic electricity transmission, distribution and fibre broadband projects. These include working with SIRO, the joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, on the rollout of the next phase of its fibre broadband network across Ireland.

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It’s a real boost in our capacity to build important infrastructure, such as broadband

Overall, 60 of the 150 new roles will support this project, which will see SIRO’s fibre broadband network reach 154 towns across Ireland and provide Gigabit broadband connectivity to 770,000 premises within the next four years.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said: “This is great news from Gaeltec, creating 150 new jobs, mainly in Kilkenny with some opportunities nationwide.

“It’s a real boost in our capacity to build important infrastructure, such as broadband.

“60 of these jobs will be on SIRO’s new project, upgrading thousands of their customers across the country to fibre broadband.”

The firm’s managing director, Joao Felizardo said: “To facilitate the growth, Gaeltec is making a 0.75m euro investment in further development of its headquarters in Kilkenny.

“We are really excited about having 150 more people, who share our values and ambition, join us during the next exciting stage of Gaeltec’s development.”

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