Longford in line for further jobs boost

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Financial services firm Grant Thornton are expanding its workforce nationwide

Longford’s unemployment rate looks primed for another timely boost as part of a major nationwide expansion by financial services firm Grant Thornton.

The company has confirmed it intends hiring 400 new staff over the next two years to fill vacancies in financial services advisory, tax and audit as well as specialist consulting positions.

A significant chunk of the new additions will be based at its head offices in Dublin with the remaining positions coming on stream at its other branches in Longford, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Limerick.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the investment by Grant Thornton was a "vote of confidence" in the economy.

“The financial services sector is a cornerstone of our economy,” he said, adding that the Government remained committed to supporting the creation of “high calibre jobs” in the financial services sector.

Mick McAteer, managing partner of Grant Thornton, added: “The role of accountants is evolving, as is the regulatory, political and legal landscape and the needs of our clients within that. We are trusted advisors to a growing Irish and international client base on just about every facet of their business today, across consulting and advisory services.

“With new growth comes further diversification and the need for exceptional people from a range of backgrounds to ensure Grant Thornton is primed to make the most of the opportunities ahead.”